Bryan Robson: How to be the ultimate captain

Every armband-wearer needs three essential qualities, says former Manchester United and England skipper, Bryan Robson

Is there anyone better placed to talk about leadership than Bryan Robson? He was know as Captain Marvel with good reason: His courage, industry and never-say-die attitude endeared him to management, team-mates and fans alike.

Only two players, Bobby Moore and Billy Wright, have skippered England on more occasions. He captained Manchester United with equal distinction - lifting three FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.

What was it about the midfield general that made him such an inspirational leader? FFT pulled up a pew with Robson to find out.

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"Communication for any player is a big part of the game. The more information you give your team-mate, the better he will play. It is about motivating and making sure that people are working hard for the team.

I think you try to lead by example - that's the main thing about being the captain. You make sure that you work hard in the game. It's not always about telling people off, it's about encouraging as well so they can enjoy what they do and try to do it to the best of their ability.

As a captain that's what I always thought - you've got to try and motivate people to get the best out of them.

The coach sets it out but what you try to do as a captain is make sure the players on the pitch are doing what the coach is asking you to do. It is about being disciplined and motivating yourself to keep that shape."

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