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Foster Mulling Over Captaincy

First Team News
// 11 Jan 2011

Dundalk FC manager Ian Foster is currently mulling over who to hand the captain’s armband to this year, with the future of the skipper of the last two years, Liam Burns, still unclear. Foster spread the armband around during the seven pre-season matches 12 months ago, eventually giving Burns the nod ahead of the last friendly against Monaghan United in late February. However, the boss is unlikely to use the same method in choosing his captain, and vice-captain, this time around, with goalkeeper Peter Cherrie and midfielder Stephen Maher the current favourites amongst the club’s supporters.

Captaincy contenders
“We’ll see what we’re like early on in pre-season and then we’ll make decisions from there,” Foster told dundalkfc.com. “Obviously, last year’s captain and vice-captain were Liam Burns and Neale Fenn, and we announced that just before the Monaghan game, our last friendly. I would like to probably do it before that this time but we’ll see what the story is with that. There are a couple of candidates for the position at the moment, but we’ll have to see who we bring in as well.” Maher and Cherrie both started four games as captain last year, with Cherrie also taking the armband during another match. And Foster admitted the club’s Player of the Year is in the running for the armband, the Liverpool-born boss stating he has “no problem” with goalkeepers being captain.

Maher boost
“I don’t mind it; not at all,” he said when speaking about Cherrie, who is also nominated for the SWAI Goalkeeper of the Year award which is to be decided this Friday. “I made a decision to give it to Pete on a few occasions last season, but Peter Cherrie is the kind of person that doesn’t particularly need the captain’s armband. He just goes about his job whether he has got it or not. I think the time that we gave it to Stephen Maher it just gave him a little bit of a boost and I thought we got a little bit more out of him as captain. That seemed to work for us at the time, and Pete didn’t have a problem with it. Pete is the kind of fella that it doesn’t affect his job whether he’s captain or not. You still get the same out of him, but at the same time I wouldn’t have a problem giving Peter Cherrie the captaincy.”