Stephen McPhail comments on how Lucas Radebe captained Leeds United

Elland Road pitchside

The Chief remains a popular figure at Elland Road.

Former Leeds United midfielder Stephen McPhail has been named as the captain of Irish side Shamrock Rovers for their upcoming 2016 campaign.

McPhail joined Leeds from Home Farm in 1995 and was part of the famous FA Youth Cup winning side of 1997.

After nine years with the club he left for Barnsley in 2004 before his most famous stint at Cardiff City.

He joined Shamrock in 2014 and the 36-year-old is now clearly excited to captain the side he supported as a boy.

Speaking to backpage football this week he has been commenting on his time with Shamrock and revealed how he might take some tips from the Lucas Radebe school of captaincy.

He said:

“I never heard him talk.

“But I just watched him and I was in awe of him. He was such a nice man. His teams played with smiles on their faces and that came from him.

"He was a pure warrior and you’d love to see him at the top of the line in the tunnel. We knew we were calm and ready for action. That’s what it’s all about.”

An excellent insight into The Chief there from a former Leeds player.

The South African still remains immensely popular at Elland Road to this day for his performances and attitude at the club - especially as he battled serious injuries toward the end of his career.

If McPhail can lead Shamrock like Radebe did at Leeds United, then the Hoops should be in for a good season.

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