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Kolo And The Gang: Toure Confirmed City Skipper



City and Ivory Coast central defender Kolo Toure has been confirmed as City's new captain ahead of this weekend's humdinger with Arsenal at a packed Eastlands...

City gaffer Mark Hughes explained to the official City site:

'Kolo has taken the armband in the last couple of games and I am very comfortable with that. There might be times in the season when we might ask people to take on the mantle and show the leadership qualities that a captain has to have, but I am very comfortable with Kolo having the armband.'

Toure's appointment has surprised many of us even though he has captained his former club Arsenal in the past. Gareth Barry was widely talked up, but the boss went on:

'There were many candidates, Stevie Ireland really enjoyed doing it in pre-season, I am sure he'll be a City captain in the future and Vinnie Kompany impressed last year. It's pleasing that we have so many characters and personalities that could have taken over the role. It was not until working with him that I really understood how Kolo conducts himself as a guy and as a player. Having worked with him for a couple of months now, I have seen his qualities on and off the field and we can use them for everybody's benefit.'

Here's to a 'Celebration' on Saturday night. Er, I'll get me coat.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 3:00PM

Your Comments

Thats shocked me a lot. I assumed Barry would get it. After all isn't that one of the reasons he moved to Citeh? The other reasons being money, money and money.
LifeLongBlue
LifeLongBlue - I also would have selected Barry as captain, however you also forgot to add that Barry moved to us for better career prospects than what he would have had at Villa. Nobody can really be surprised by this move though as Toure has been captain for the last 2 matches and he would have been my 2nd choice. He wouldn't have been my first choice though as he will be away for several weeks at the African Cup Of Nations which will mean that we will need another captain to cover that period.
Kevinho
LifeLongBlue- you should check your sources mate. The reason he joined City as he put it was he wanted a fresh challenge and to play for a club with ambition he said nothing about being captain.
Bluedub
Barry has been sensational for us this season to date. Absolutely sensational. A snip at £12 million. Ask the all knowing Mark Lawrenson!
Johnny Baguette
African Cup Of Nations... He don't have to go!
mcfcthriller
Toure was my first choice... anyone remember when he captained the Arsenal side that went unbeaten for a season?
mcfcthriller
Nobody knows whether Barry wanted the captain's armband. He thanklessly carried the responsibility for Villa for years. He now has a new challenge... My bet is he would rather eat his own fingers than be captain agin.
sindbad
barry is a captain without an armband.
bluemooner_mcfc
mcfcthriller - I have asked this question in the main thread, Wasn't Patrick Vieira the captain of Arsenals invincibles side which went a whole season unbeaten? I am 99% sure that he was.
Kevinho
Vieira was captain in 03/04. It was Kolo's first season at centre back.
gunnerkid107
Anyways, I'm glad to see Kolo has settled well at City. Still want us to give him a beating on Saturday though!
gunnerkid107
It's gonna be a firecracker of a contest gunnerkid!
Johnny Baguette
Toure and barry have been outstanding performers for city so far. Toure is the best choice for captain because he has captained a premiership winning team and has champions league experience. He knows what it takes to dig deep and inspire champions. Barry doesnt have any of these qualities.No one in the city squad does. Toure has a warm, peaceful nature about him when he talks in interviews. Barry sounds boring, wooden and predictable. Toure will represent city well as he is media friendly. And hughes has brilliantly handed toure the captains arms band ahead of the aresenal match, which will show citys support and faith in toure and he will be given a great boost to prove arsenal wrong.
enzo city
I think Hughes has chosen the best candidate for the job, and Barry can step in when Kolo is away on ACN duty. Sorted.
fifthcolumnblue
Could have gone either way on this one but I think Kolo is a good choice. Keeps things under control at the back and will be a good mentor to both Micah and Ned.
bluesnozza
The guy probably hasn't found a house in manchester yet but he's captain already?cit£h truly looks like a bunch of mercenaries now.hughes had better be right.
blueogre
 

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