October 24th, 2016

Defender Sam Ricketts handed Sky Blues captaincy

Defender Sam Ricketts handed Sky Blues captaincy Defender Sam Ricketts handed Sky Blues captaincy
Updated: 9:46 am, Aug 06, 2015

DEFENDER Sam Ricketts is the man who has been chosen to lead the Sky Blues out as captain for the 2015/16 campaign.

The 33-year-old was favourite for the role after joining on a free transfer from Wolves earlier this summer and has captained the club in three pre-season friendlies in recent weeks.

Ricketts brings plenty of experience to the role having previously captained Wolves to the League One title two years ago and he has spoken of his delight after being selected ahead of the likes of Reda Johnson and last season’s skipper Jim O’Brien.

He said: “I had the armband over pre-season but I still really didn’t expect it officially.

“I read that the manager was looking at a few options but I still didn’t expect it at any stage. I’m pleased and I genuinely enjoy the responsibilities being a captain brings.

“I’ve settled in with a group of really good lads and staff at Ryton, it’s been an easy transition.

“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me, particularly as a new player at the club so I want to repay that and help us to a successful season.

“Everyone wants to start the season well and the home support can help give us a massive boost. The squad are looking forward to the game and we all can’t wait to get going.”

The club has also confirmed that Neil MacFarlane has left his role as assistant manager with immediate effect.

The former Hearts defender joined the club alongside former manager Steven Pressley back in March 2013, with whom he had also worked with at Falkirk.

Many had expected MacFarlane to leave with Pressley when the likeable Scot was sacked at the back end of last season.

But MacFarlane remained at the Ricoh Arena and was named as temporary caretaker manager alongside Dave Hockaday before remaining as the club’s number two following the arrival of current boss Tony Mowbray.

As expected, Mowbray introduced a couple of his own backroom staff in the shape of technical director Mark Venus and first team coach Jamie Clapham.

It is understood that Mowbray will not bring in a new assistant manager to replace MacFarlane.

A club statement concluded: “The club would like to thank Neil for all his hard work during his time at the club and wish him best of luck for the future.”