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Last Updated: Friday, 15 September 2006, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Robson to stay Tannadice skipper
Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson
Barry Robson was sent off against St Mirren
Barry Robson has been handed the Dundee United captaincy on a full-time basis after impressing manager Craig Brewster with his leadership skills.

The United boss appointed Robson as his temporary skipper following the summer departure of Derek McInnes.

And Brewster said: "I've had a chat with Barry and told him that I've been impressed with his work as captain.

"He's cut out all the nonsense in his game, like making smart remarks back to referees, which led to yellow cards."

Robson's diplomacy skills shone through in the days following chairman Eddie Thompson's infamous mobile phone rant in the minutes after United's opening-day defeat to Falkirk when he represented the dressing-room in crisis talks with the club owner.

"When I asked him to take on the job during the summer, we both agreed it should be done on a trial basis to see how he gets on and it is clear that both the team and Barry are benefiting from it," said Brewster.

Winger Robson was sent off recently against St Mirren.

"His red card against St Mirren was very unlucky and I don't blame him at all for that," added Brewster.

"Barry is a great trainer and he always gives 100%, so he's a good example to the rest of the squad, especially the younger boys.

"He's now free of suspension so that's a big bonus before we head to Inverness."

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