By Andy Gregory
Brian McDermott has named Ross McCormack as Leeds United's new Captain, replacing Rudy Austin following discussions this week.
It is understood that Austin asked to step down as captain, so he can concentrate on his own game. To be honest after recent performances, most fans would agree that is something he needs to do following some poor showings of late.
Hopefully the introduction of Rossco as skipper coinciding with Bmac's new 'back to basics' philosophy will give us a kick start and help us put an end to a dismal run of games, which hit a new low last week at Hillsborough.
The appointment has generally received a positive reaction from our fans, with the club's leading goalscorer being one of the only players to come out with any credit recently, so here's hoping he can help to encourage others to follow his lead in his new role.
McCormack's first game as skipper is against table toppers Leicester on Saturday at Elland Road... Should be an easy game to start off with then.
Bmac on Rudy:
“The situation is that I had a good conversation with Rudy Austin. He is a great guy and we had a good discussion. I want Rudy to play his game. He feels his personality isn’t conducive to that role.
"You can see his leadership qualities in the way he plays and tracks back. Leeds United means so much to him. I just want to take that pressure away and I want him to play the way he wants with freedom.
“I actually spoke to Ross in April and said ‘we need leaders and you are leader.’ Whether he saw himself as a leader then I don’t know. “I see him as a talisman and a leader. He has matured an awful lot, everyone knows what he thinks he about Leeds United.”