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Why Scott Dann replaced Danny Murphy as Blackburn Rovers captain
MICHAEL Appleton believes Scott Dann will prove to be an excellent captain of Blackburn Rovers after confirming that the armband has now been officially taken away from Danny Murphy.
Murphy had been Rovers’ club captain this season but was again not named in the squad for yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Millwall in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
The 35-year-old had already been left out of the 18 for Rovers’ 1-0 loss at Bolton on Tuesday, having been substituted at half time in the home defeat to Peterborough three days earlier.
Murphy has been the subject of criticism from some fans for his performances this season and the decision to now take the captaincy away from the veteran now calls into question whether the former Fulham man will be recalled to the team any time soon.
Dann has been appointed as club captain and Appleton believes the centre back, who helped Rovers to a clean sheet at the Den yesterday, is the right man for the job.
“Scott Dann is now the captain of the football club,” the boss confirmed.
“It’s a move that we want to be positive about and I think the performance he put in pretty much says everything about Scott Dann and Blackburn Rovers.
“I think we just needed to freshen it up a little bit.
“Obviously it’s been a difficult season for everyone concerned at the club, there has been a lot of chopping and changing, a lot of managers at the football club. “I think with Scott there will be a stability about the team and hopefully he will take that role and do well.”
Murphy had voiced his support for caretaker boss Gary Bowyer in January after Appleton had been installed as boss, saying he ‘did not know much about’ the new manager.
It did not seem the ideal way to start the new relationship between manager and skipper, but Appleton says Murphy has accepted the change of captaincy in the right manner.
“He took it well, I fully expected him to,” said the boss. “He understands, he’s professional.”
And Appleton insists Murphy could still be under consideration for Wednesday’s replay with Millwall at Ewood Park.
Rovers could be short of numbers after injuries to Adam Henley and Bradley Orr yesterday. Asked if Murphy could be involved, Appleton said: “Quite possibly, obviously he’s part of the squad that we’ve got at the football club.”
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