Aston Villa’s 16 year long servant Gabby Agbonlahor was stripped of his captaincy duties in late April. Villa’s longest serving player last appeared for his home town club in mid March, and since being omitted from the squad controversy has since rained over the former and England front man.
As the case with the majority of relegated sides, there is bound to be a major overhaul of the playing squad. No decision has been reached over who will manage the West Midlands club. Roberto Di Matteo and former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia seem to be high in the running order with the bookies, but I feel there are many more twists and turns to come.
It is likely that the next manager to test the Villa Park hot-seat will make a decision on Agbonlahor’s successor, but here are a few names I would be considering.
If Micah Richards decides to stay put despite playing Championship football for the first time in his career, he would definitely be a sensible option. A vocal attacking full-back who, although may have been slightly out of his depth at centre half this term, could cut the mustard at Championship level.
Despite the amount of experience that players such as Richards and Lescott could bring the side, a side relegated from the Premier League for the first time should surely be looking to the future. If this is the case Ciaran Clark would fit the bill. A fully fledged Irish international, Clark has been on the clubs books since the age of 12, and with this he will carry the heart and courage a captain should personify.
Well there’s my view, feel free to let me know who you think should become the next Aston Villa captain below!