Pardew ponders outfield captain
Alan Pardew has confirmed he is thinking of having a different captain to Kelvin Davis on match days.
Last Updated: 23/09/09 5:28pm
Southampton manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he is thinking of having a different skipper to club captain Kelvin Davis on match days.
Although the former West Ham and Charlton boss has praised Davis' leadership qualities, he feels that having a goalkeeper as captain does not quite work in the heat of the battle.
Pardew wants someone who can operate all over the pitch and act quickly should an incident arise, like in Saints' recent League One clash with Charlton.
The 48-year-old insists he is not stripping Davis of the captaincy and that he will retain that honour for as long as he is in charge at St Mary's.
"Kelvin is the best captain I have ever experienced as a manager," he told a fans' forum. "His interaction with the group and the way he organises them is great.
"I have discussed with him, though, that maybe on a game day we might have someone out on the pitch to have the armband for the referee's sake, because there was an incident at Charlton which needed policing.
"Wayne Thomas had thrown someone to the floor in the middle of the park and Kelvin was stuck in his goal as it was all going off.
"It would purely be so the referee can say to my man in the middle of the pitch 'keep an eye on him' or whatever. But Kelvin will remain the captain for as long as I am here."