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Clarke on captaincy

24 December 2014

New manager on Pearce, Karacan and Gunter

Steve Clarke has been speaking about the decision to award Alex Pearce with the captain's armband for last Saturday's clash with Watford.

The centre back led the Royals out for their narrow defeat to the Hornets at Madejski Stadium - and the new boss has explained his thinking in his programme notes for our next home clash with Norwich City.

"In my first game I gave the captain’s armband to Alex Pearce, and my thinking behind it was that he’s a Reading boy who knows and understands the club. Alongside our club captain, Jem Karacan, I’ve got two good Reading men who the supporters can easily identify with and relate to, which I feel is important at any football club. Having said that, it wasn’t easy because I have a lot of respect for Chris Gunter. What I said to Chris, and I've watched him over the years, is that as an experienced professional he doesn't need an armband to show everyone he's a leader and that’s what he did with his performance against Watford. He was up and down the pitch, leading by example, which is what you want from all your players."

The matchday programme for the visit of the Canaries will be written by the fans, for the fans - to celebrate the support our no.13 has given us all season and will continue to provide to the players throughout the second half of the campaign. Keep checking for more details.

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