He was both. I admit that I think his rep as "greatest captain of all time" is much overblown but there is no denying is ability as a player. Like Fan said, Mark was tough as nails and held his teamates accountable. He was both feared and respected by them. I remember an incident when he felt a team-mate (either Craig Simpson
or Joe Murphy
) was"nt pulling their weight and Mess grabbed him in the dressing room and lifted him up and pushed him into the wall to tell them to pick up the effort.