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Rory sticking by McGinley

Rory McIlroy has again thrown his full support behind Paul McGinley for the captain's job at the 2014 Ryder Cup despite reports suggesting Colin Montgomerie will be given the nod again.

With the European Tour set to unveil the man to take on Tom Watson's America on Tuesday, Montgomerie's name suddenly emerged as the leading contender to become the new captain for Gleneagles.

With Darren Clarke looking out of the running, McGinley is the only probably challenge to Montgomerie repeating captaincy duties from his victories first stint at Celtic Manor in 2012.

McIlroy is not one of those backing the Scot to captain Europe in his home country though, with the world number one fully behind former vice-captain and Sevet trophy captain McGinley.

As he spoke about his huge new sponsorship deal in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy again voiced his backing for McGinley as the man to lead Europe into battle in 2012.

"I strongly believe that everyone deserving should get their chance," said McIlroy. "I played under Paul in the Seve Trophy in 2009 and I thought he did an unbelievable job - out of every captain I've played under I feel he's been the best, he brought a lot to the team room.

Small details

"I personally don't feel Monty has anything to gain from this, if we go to Gleneagles and lose he's already a winning Ryder Cup captain so as I said I'm fully behind Paul and I hope he gets the job.

"It's just the small details, he doesn't leave any stone unturned, he gives confidence to the team room.

"Even when he's been a vice captain in the two Ryder Cups I've played he's always brought a lot of great ideas and I just think he'd make a really good captain."

It seems that America's choice of Watson has already had a negative impact on Europe with their usual seamless appointments now looking like a subject that could cause a rift between a team normally a much stronger unit than the USA.

European officials may feel Montgomerie has a bigger presence and personality to stand up to Watson in Scotland, but they will also be listening closely to McIlroy's comments as the last thing they need is one of their top stars being unhappy with his captain.