McKenna confirmed as captain..

It’s no great surprise to me that Paul McKenna has been named captain for the forthcoming season.  He’s impressed me in preseason, and has peerless credentials in the Forest squad in terms of experience at this level – not to mention of course him having the role previously at Preston.  The unfortunate news that incumbent captain James Perch is out for three months with a fracture in his tibia perhaps makes the announcement somewhat easier!

Billy describes McKenna as “an outstanding captain and leader and he will take care of things on the pitch“, pointing out that “He will be pushing and pulling people around on the pitch.  He is a good communicator but he is a nasty little so-and-so as well, not only with the opposition but also with his own team-mates when they are not doing jobs properly.”  Which is definitely something I approve of, his central position on the pitch gives him a good vantage point to communicate with his team, too.

Perhaps less expected is the appointment of Lee Camp as vice captain – certainly a clear signal that he is firmly established in Billy’s mind as first choice ‘keeper (which we could derive really from the squad numbers!), the manager said that Camp “has a real strength of character and who loves the sound of his own voice. I like the way Lee goes about his business.” And, perhaps more intriguingly he adds, “He is opinionated, but I like that, and he will be great for the off-the-field things that need sorting.

What those things are that need sorting is anyone’s guess!  With Perch set to miss three months it adds additional strain to our defensive options.  Whilst he’s largely operated in midfield for us lately, certainly his best chance of snagging a first team spot would have been in his preferred role at the back.  Danny Shittu continues to be mentioned as a potential signing, I must admit I wouldn’t have any problem with us signing him from Bolton.