English Premier League giants Arsenal FC midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been replaced as the Wales captain in one of manager Chris Coleman’s moves aimed at changing the team’s fortunes.
Williams takes over
Ramsey, who just recently returned from a horrific leg injury, has been succeeded by 28-year old Swansea City defender Ashley Williams who isn’t new to the role as he has previously captained Wales four times.
The coach, speaking to bbc.co.uk, admitted the Arsenal man was disappointed at the change but insisted it was a move in the right direction.
-We need to go in another direction because what we have been doing has not been working. I wanted to make some changes and that was the biggest one really.
-It was not an easy decision. Of course he was disappointed. I spoke to him yesterday and he was incredibly mature about it - and a little bit relieved, if I'm honest, because it is a big pressure. I was very impressed with what he had to say and his reaction. He was very professional, Coleman said.
Ramsey was elevated to the position by former coach, the late Gary Speed in March 2011, aged 20, to become the country’s youngest ever captain. He led his country in 12 matches.