Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Johnson to keep captaincy - Connor

Roger Johnson

Wolves manager Terry Connor has confirmed defender Roger Johnson will retain the captaincy after being fined for a breach of discipline.

The former Birmingham player will also be in contention for Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League relegation clash with Blackburn at Molineux.

Johnson found himself in trouble with Connor, who claimed the player was "unfit to train properly" on Monday morning, the day after a 5-0 defeat at Fulham when he was one of the substitutes. Connor said: "Roger reported for work not fit to train properly. I would be disappointed with any player in that situation. I said to him what he did was unacceptable."

He added: "The matter was dealt with on Tuesday, he has apologised, he knows he did wrong and has taken his punishment."

When asked if Johnson will stay as captain, Connor added: "There are no immediate plans to change anything.

"He carries on as captain for the foreseeable future.

"Since Monday, Roger has prepared well all week and he will be under consideration for Saturday's game."

Johnson was immediately axed by Connor from the starting line-up after replacing the sacked Mick McCarthy as manager. He has been an unused substitute for the 2-2 draw at Newcastle and the mauling at Craven Cottage.

When asked if Johnson's behaviour was a reaction to being dropped, Connor said: "You will have to ask Roger that. He made his mistake and he has apologised for it and taken his punishment."

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