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Ramsey loses Wales captaincy

October 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Aaron Ramsey has lost the Wales captaincy after manager Chris Coleman's decision to give the armband to Ashley Williams.

Aaron Ramsey
GettyImagesChris Coleman insists Aaron Ramsey has not been made a scapegoat

• Ramsey: I'm ready to fire

Swansea centre back Williams will lead the Welsh side into their upcoming World Cup Group A qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey was made captain by the late Gary Speed, but since Coleman's arrival as manager in January, Wales have lost all five games and currently sit bottom of their qualifying group after two defeats.

And after the poor run of form the former Fulham boss felt the reshuffle was needed in hope that results will start to change.

"It wasn't an easy decision," Coleman said. "It's something I looked at for a while. He's young, Aaron, and I think he's felt the pressure as well. So I think for me, for us, we need to go in another direction anyway because what we've been doing is not working. So I wanted to make some changes. That was the biggest one, really.

"But having spoke with him yesterday, he was incredibly mature about it and, if I'm honest, maybe a little bit relieved because there is a big pressure. I was very impressed with what he had to say and his reaction. He was very professional. He's looking forward to the next game and meeting up. He's still fully committed, as he has always been."

Coleman, however, was quick to point out that Ramsey has not been made a scapegoat, but rather the manager felt he needed to implement some of his own ideas into the job.

"Aaron being captain is not the reason why we've been losing at all, but one of the reasons I've stuck to what was being done and not necessarily doing things my own way and that's my fault," he said. "I think I'd be a coward to get to this stage and not change things because the worst thing you can do is nothing and bury my head in the sand."