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James dismisses Faldo's resignation call

European Ryder Cup vice-captain Mark James has dismissed Nick Faldo's claims that players are calling for him to go, following the controversy over revelations in his book 'Into the Bear Pit'.

James targeted Faldo in particular in his book, accusing the six times major winner of undermining Europe's 1999 bid to beat the Americans at Brookline.

Faldo has hit back by saying he had the support of many players wanting James to step down from the vice-captaincy because he had broken confidences by revealing 'locker-room talk'.

The triple British Open winner said the players would hold a meeting at next week's Loch Lomond Invitation event and that they would be calling for James to go, saying that he was "a captain who had gone too far".

Frenchman Jean Van de Velde has also been particularly outspoken about James' revelations -- and Faldo named the French 1999 Ryder Cup player as one of James' chief detractors.

But James insisted on Wednesday that Faldo's only support was from Van de Velde and Irishman Paul McGinley.

"I don't believe he has the support for one minute," said James. "I find it difficult to believe how in touch he can be when he hardly spends any time in Europe.

"What I will say, though, is that it's in the interest of everyone to get it sorted out. We really don't want it going on and on.

"I'm confident I have the majority of players' support.

"My relationship with the players is one of the reasons I got the job."

If the player meeting goes ahead, seven times European number one Colin Montgomerie may not take sides.

"I'm on the fence and shall remain that way," said Montgomerie. "Both parties have tried to contact me but I have had nothing to say, and it will remain that way.

"I don't have any grievance and I'm staying out of that one."

Lee Westwood, who begins the defence of his European Open title a the K club on Thursday said: "I haven't got any kind of feeling. I take people as they come and I get on very well with Jesse (James), and I felt he was a good Ryder Cup captain.

"I think it would be good if he was vice-captain to give past experiences and hand them to Sam (captain Torrance) should anything crop up."

But Westwood, ~at some stage~ backed Van de Velde's suggestion of a (continental) European vice-captain. "Maybe a European might be able to relate better to a European vice-captain than a British vice-captain."

 

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