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Ramsey speaks of disappointment

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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AARON Ramsey has admitted he was disappointed to be replaced by Ashley Williams as Wales captain.

Williams was handed the armband before the match against Scotland in October, as manager Chris Coleman reacted to Wales's desperately poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.

After showing such promise under Gary Speed, Wales began by losing to Belgium and were then hammered 6-1 in Serbia.

Coleman made changes following that heavy defeat and Wales beat the Scots before losing in Croatia.

"Obviously I was disappointed to lose the captaincy, I was very proud to be captain of my country," said Ramsey.

"The new manager came in and tried to keep things the same, but it wasn't working so he felt he wanted to do it his way and change the captain.

"He's the manager and you just have to accept his decision.

"It was a great privilege to be captain and I'd love to do it again in the future."

Ramsey was left on the Arsenal bench as Swansea won at the Emirates last Saturday.

That was another shock result for a team that have continually defied the doubters since reaching the Premier League 18 months ago.

The win took Swansea above Arsene Wenger's side and up to a lofty seventh in the Premier League.

They are six points better off compared to the same stage last season and as long as 28-1 to be relegated with some bookies.

"Swansea have come up and played really well, playing some good football," said Ramsey.

"I wasn't the only one to be surprised by how successful they were last season and they have continued that despite the change of manager.

"They've had some good football managers over the years with good philosophies, like Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, and they have adapted well to the changes.

"A Welsh club being in the Premier League can only be a good thing and hopefully Cardiff can make it two next year."

Meanwhile, Port Talbot have unveiled Scott Young as their new permanent manager.

Young was in caretaker charge for Saturday's 1-0 win against Pestatyn following Mark Jones's sacking.

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  • Hadoken848422  |  December 05 2012, 5:57PM

    Wales have done much better since AW was in charge, so its just the way things are. Also AW plays with Ben Davies and Taylor at swansea, and has captaincy experience here. No brainer really. Have to laugh at some of the idiots calling me a racist in the other thread and here I am defending a black muslim. So many idiots on this website, it hurts.

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  • kellers27  |  December 05 2012, 11:58AM

    Just because you play for Arsenal does not give you certain rights.

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