Mings understands Gerrard’s decision on changing Villa captain
Steven Gerrard is eager to replace Tyrone Mings as Aston Villa captain; however, the England international can understand the decision.
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Villa said that John McGinn will skipper the team as they get ready for the 2022-23 season, with Emiliano Martinez becoming the vice-captain and Ashley Young the club captain.
Mings had been the captain since Jack Grealish departed the club for Manchester City a year before.
The England international has always been present for Villa in his three seasons; however, he is competing for a regular start this season after Diego Carlos joined the squad.
Talking about his decision, Gerrard told the club's official website:
"John has demonstrated that he is ready to take on the captaincy through his performances on the pitch combined with his attitude and application in training.
"He is a popular member of the dressing room who sets high standards and expectations of himself. Emi is a respected senior member of the squad while Ashley Young's experience speaks for itself and he is the perfect ambassador for the first team.
"Naturally, I have had to have a discussion with Tyrone and have explained my reasons for making this decision. More importantly, I believe that not having the responsibility of the captaincy will allow Tyrone to focus more on his own game which can only benefit him and the team."
Notwithstanding a lot of questioned being raised regarding his future after the announcement, Mings took the matter to his Twitter to say that he is okay with Gerrard’s decision.
"For me this isn't about John or I, it's about what’s right for Aston Villa,"
said Mings, who played in 36 of Villa's 38 Premier League matches last season.
"I have no issues with the managers decision; I've loved leading this team. Anyone who knows John McGinn knows how infectious he is and it will be an honour to play underneath his captaincy."
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