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Bishop Steps Down As Captain

29 April 2013

As revealed exclusively in the Coventry edition of #themag, midfielder Neal Bishop has decided to step down as Notts County captain at the end of the 2012.13 campaign.

Bishop has been the Magpies’ permanent skipper for the past two seasons, following the departure of defender John Thompson in 2011.

The influential 31-year-old remains contracted to the club for another year but feels that the timing was right ahead of the new campaign.

Bishop told Magpie Player: "It wasn't something that I've taken lightly, because it's been the biggest honour of my career to be full-time captain of this football club.

"To captain the oldest football club in the league is an honour I never thought I'd get and it's fantastic for me personally to say I've done it.

"Now it's the end of the season, you look back at what you've done right, what you've done wrong, what you can improve on and you look forward to the next season.

"I just think, for the club going forward, there's going to be some big changes in the summer and the club's going a different way now and I just think that it's better for everyone.

"Taking your ego out of it, you've got to put your employer's interests ahead of your own and I think that's what I've done.

"It was a really hard decision and I can't emphasise what a privilege it's been but I hope it's a decision that helps the club move forward."

Kiwomya paid tribute to Bishop for the way that he has carried out the role and expects the former Barnet man to remain a leader. 

He added: “Bish feels as though he needs to step down so that I can take a look at it, which is typical of him, but he is still a captain on the pitch as far as I’m concerned. 

“He shows everybody by his performances what a leader he is and nothing will change with that when he steps onto the pitch, but I’d like to thank him for his commitment as our captain.”

A decision over who will be the Magpies’ captain in the new season is expected over the summer. 

To view the full interview with Bishop on Magpie Player, click here. 

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