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Sky Blues appoint Reda Johnson as new skipper

Coventry Editorial 16th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STEVEN Pressley says there is no love lost between himself and Carl Baker after naming Reda Johnson as the new Sky Blues captain for the forthcoming season.

Baker had been handed the role by former boss Mark Robins and Pressley have him the honour of skippering the side since he joined the club in March last year.

But this week Pressley confirmed that summer signing Johnson will become the new captain.

The defender, who is currently on international duty with Benin, joined the club from Sheffield Wednesday this summer and Pressley feels he has the right qualities to lead the side.

“Carl is a captain that has very much led by example.” said Pressley. “He’s a terrific person and he’s been a great servant to the club but I just felt the time was right to change the captaincy.

Carl and I get on extremely well as people and he understands as well that as manager you have to make decisions.

“It’s certainly not a decision against Carl because I think the world of him, it’s just that I’ve taken a decision that I felt was right for the club

“It wasn’t an easy decision because there were a number of candidates but I just felt Reda’s presence and stature would be one that would be accepted and I’m sure he’ll become a firm favourite with our supporters.”

Baker himself sent a message to fans saying being captain of the Sky Blues has been one of the proudest moments of his career.

He said: “I Just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported me over the years and got behind me as captain.

“When Mark Robbins handed me the armband I took full responsibility and have given 100 per cent to this club and always will.

“I’m gutted to have it taken off me but I have a lot of respect for the ‘gaffa’ (Pressley) and the club so I accept their decision.

“I still have a year contract and will honour that and give my all as always for the badge until I’m told otherwise.”

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