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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Langer offers Ryder hint
Bernhard Langer (bottom centre) and the European Ryder Cup team on their arrival back in the UK
Bernhard Langer has hinted that he is unlikely to carry on as Europe's Ryder Cup captain in Dublin in 2006.

Speaking at a news conference after the team landed at Heathrow airport, Langer said: "I need time to reflect.

"I think I'm going to stick to what I said before which is that I'll only do this once and I think it's only fair to give the other guys a chance."

Scot Colin Montgomerie said he would play on if he believed he could repeat this year's strong form.

Langer added: "I don't think I would want to be involved as a vice-captain either. Maybe I'll come over as an adviser of some sort, but I'll let some others take control.

"As for Colin, he is too young to be captain just yet, he should carry on playing - he can play in at least three more Ryder Cups yet."

After leading Europe to a record-breaking 18-9 victory, Langer had said he could be tempted into a repeat.

"They need to figure out who they want as captain first and then ask that person," said Langer while still in Detroit.

"If that should be me, I'll consider it and talk it over with my wife. But that does not mean I would accept it straight away."

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The decision on selecting the next captain rests with the European Ryder Cup Board.

Montgomerie, who gained three points and sunk the match-winning putt, also said he could consider calling time on his Cup playing career to take on the captaincy.

Both players would face competition for the post from the likes of Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle.

And Langer said he was in no rush to come to a decision.

"I need a bit of down time and just now I'm enjoying this moment with my team," he said.

"We usually don't appoint another captain for another 10 or 12 months because we only have a 12-month qualifying period, so we have plenty of time."

Langer could follow in the footsteps of Bernard Gallacher and Tony Jacklin as a captain of multiple European teams, although the last three skippers - Seve Ballesteros, Mark James and Sam Torrance - served for just one match.

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