Jagielka won't take Everton captaincy duties lightly

Everton defender Phil Jagielka won't take his captaincy duties lightly.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka won't take his captaincy duties lightly.

Having taken on the skipper's armband from the departed Phil Neville, Jagielka is acutely aware of the increased importance of his role with a new man at the helm.

He told evertontv: "We spoke a couple of times (over the summer) but we had the main conversation on Monday morning when I came in. He was the second or third person that I met. I went into his office and we had a little chat about general things and I think we both came out very happy and both looking forward to the season.

"With the role I was given towards the end of last season and then being captain with a different manager, it’s going to be a little strange, not only getting to know the manager and his staff but the responsibilities he wants me to have as well.

"I think it will be crucial for me this season to get on well with the new manager and bridge the gap between the players and the manager because that’s a key role for the captain. Hopefully the players will appreciate that and so will the manager."

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