Purse handed captaincy for the season
By Oliver Bhurrut
DARREN Purse has revealed Gary Megson has handed him the Albion captaincy on
a permanent basis.
The Baggies manager kicked off the season by giving his players the chance
to vote for the skipper on a match-by-match basis.
But after Purse led the side with an impressive display in the 2-1 defeat at
Everton three weeks ago, Megson has given the former Blues defender the
honour for the campaign.
"At the start of the season, the gaffer said it was going to be down to the
players to choose a captain before every game," said Albion's £500,000
"So I was really pleased when the players picked me to be the captain when
we went up to Goodison Park last month.
"It's a real honour to lead the side out and I really enjoyed that part of
the day, although obviously the most important thing was the result went
"But I must have done something right because a couple of days before the
Liverpool game, the gaffer took me to one side and said he wanted me to be
the captain up there which was brilliant for me.
"Darren Moore is still the club captain, but the gaffer said that whenever
I'm in the starting line-up, I'm going to have the armband which is a nice
compliment and a real bonus so early on in my Albion career."
Purse has played every minute of the Baggies' five games so far and he will
be hoping to record his first clean sheet of the season against Fulham today
The clash against The Cottagers will be the first time he has skippered
Albion at The Hawthorns.
"I thought I did okay up at Everton on a personal level but that all sort of
goes by the wayside to be honest when you get beaten," he added.
"I'd much rather play rubbish for 38 games and get the results that keep us
up than play well and lose.
"Generally I've been quite pleased with my form since I came here and if I
can keep up that sort of standard for the rest of the season then I'll be