Bristol Rovers: Kenneth has chance to make up for spat, says McGhee
Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee has revealed that defender Garry Kenneth will retain the vice-captaincy after being fined for a verbal spat with supporters last weekend.
Kenneth was involved in a frank exchanging of views with angry supporters following last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Wycombe.
The central defender, however, issued an apology for his part in the incident less than 24 hours later before McGhee sought to bring an end to the episode by issuing Kenneth with a 'not insignificant' fine earlier in the week.
The manager has spent the last few days considering whether to strip Kenneth of the vice-captaincy – but has decided that the Scotsman will lead out the side for tomorrow clash against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Memorial Stadium in the expected absence of regular skipper Matt Gill. McGhee said: "I was very disappointed in Garry. I've spoken to different people this week, including the board and the chairman, to see how they feel about it.
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"I also spoke to some supporters at the Annual General Meeting about it on Monday night and the conclusion I've come to is that most people want to forgive and forget.
"Garry has been fined under the disciplinary code and that is not insignificant. I've also thought a lot about what happened since and whether Garry should skipper the side if Matt Gill is not fit.
"I've come to the decision that he will be captain on Saturday and I'd expect him to take that responsibility on board and be prepared to show people that he did regret what happened last weekend and he is ready to make up for it."
McGhee, meanwhile, says he welcomed the opportunity to face supporters' questions at Monday night's Annual General Meeting.
"I never think those meetings with supporters are a bad thing," McGhee said. "Supporters have views on things without access to all of the information that I have.
"Whether it is issues of team selection, the positions people play in or general thoughts about individual players of the squad as a whole, it gives me an opportunity to explain how and why we do certain things.
"I never have any fears about those situations regardless of what the result was on the Saturday before it, which I know sometimes can effect the mood.
"You have to be prepared to stand up and face the supporters because they are the people we are here for."
Rovers will be attempting to bounce back from last Saturday's disappointing reverse at Adams Park at the start of a busy three-week period in which they play five games.
"There are 15 points available to us before the end of December," McGhee said. "If we can start to take some of those points it could really change things.
"We have been hugely disappointed with recent results and we know that we need improvement quickly if we are to have any sort of season worth talking about."
Gill is expected to miss out with a sore knee after sustaining a heavy challenge.