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NRC Moving To Villa An Easy Choice

Nigel Reo-Coker said, in Aston Villa News & Record, that the Villa fans have yet to see the best of him. The midfielder, who moved from West Ham in the summer, explained:

'People must understand that there's a lot more to come from me. At the moment I'm doing the job I've been told to do by the manager. I'm sacrificing a bit of my game for the sake of the team and I'm happy to do that as long as we're winning games. But there's much more I can offer. I'm really more of an attacking midfielder who can play from box to box but right now I'm playing more of a disciplined role.'

Hokey Cokey also says on the official site following his move, 'It has been easy to settle here and I think all the new players feel they have settled well because they have been made to feel comfortable and part of the team. I believe the quicker that players are made to feel settled off the field, the quicker they settle on it, but I have also put pressure on myself that it is up to me to settle. From the moment I knew I was coming to Villa, I had already put that pressure on myself to try to make the move as swiftly and as easily as possible.'

And music to the old ears and something maybe Stiliyan Petrov - still settling in apparently? and Shaun Maloney, yet to find a home, should take note of?

'I didn't want people to be saying: 'Give that player a year to settle'. I was moving out of London and I made the decision to leave, so it was up to me to get into the team as possible and I like to think I have done that.'

He also says he is grateful to the fans for the welcome adding, 'I am not a superstar; I am not a match winner. The likes of Gareth Barry, Patrik Berger, Ashley Young and John Carew are match winners and superstars. I am just trying to play my part in the team.'

He also says that being a player in London can cause many distractions to the choice to move to Villa was an easy one, 'Coming to such a big club with such a great heritage and to play for one of the best managers in Europe, someone who is so well respected in the game was an easy choice.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 6 2007

Time: 11:09AM

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I like the fella even more
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06/09/2007 11:24:00

what a humble guy. Altho you'd have never have guessed it from the bling he wears. long may his form and attitude continue and it refreshing to see that there are some footballers who are actually professionals and can distant themselves from the glamour of London
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06/09/2007 11:27:00

Seems like a sensible, down to earth lad. It's not surprising that he and Barry are starting to work so well together, both intelligent players not too puffed up by ego. I think we have finally found the midfield pairing we have been searching for. To top it all we have Gardener who could do a great job deputising for either of them
Villain Of The North
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06/09/2007 11:31:00

If that's what he's like Yoz...then he's hiding it well when wearing the true claret and blue!
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06/09/2007 11:49:00

have to agree murph, he seems very compossed and he's the bite we've lacked. Ok he may pick up a few bookings, but i rather get into europe on points than through fair play . UTV
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06/09/2007 11:56:00

He hid it well for us at first ; give him time. Got nothing against you guys, you're putting together great squad there, effort against Chelsea was amazing. But Coker's as egotistical as they come, he makes the right noises, end of day the England U21 captain would have nothing but the best media training would he ? Actually you can hear rumblings already, 'People must understand that there's a lot more to come from me. At the moment I'm doing the job I've been told to do by the manager. I'm sacrificing a bit of my game for the sake of the team and I'm happy to do that as long as we're winning games. But there's much more I can offer. I'm really more of an attacking midfielder who can play from box to box but right now I'm playing more of a disciplined role.' A good pro shuts up and gets on, does the job the manager tells him. In a way he's publicly disagreeing with the manager's view. Count how many times he says "I" or "I'm". At the end of last season in his last interview after the United game live on Sky he said "I told all of my West Ham mates that I'd stay and keep West Ham up, and that's what I've done". That's Nige.
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06/09/2007 12:00:00

AVFC48, confidence and arrogance is a very fine line :-)
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06/09/2007 12:20:00

The guys a born leader, lets just hope he doesnt get carried away. Seems like a arogant bugger though but as long as he and the team perform well on the pitch i couldnt care less. Its about time we had a bit of bite in our dressing room.
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06/09/2007 12:22:00

He's been doing the job on the pitch I hope he's been having a go at Petrov.I think a few ammers fans are regretting letting him go.
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06/09/2007 12:41:00

reminder: mourinho is an arrogant bugger and he's a great manager, so reo coker can be an arrogant bugger and a great player. also liking the squad MON is putting together at villa. young and english is what its all about. best of luck for the season ahead, im harbouring a bit of a soft spot for the villa, the true claret and blue
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06/09/2007 12:41:00

And another point, the English midfield is decimated for the qualifiers and no ones even mentioned Coker. Guy was U21 captain for a good while so he must be ready ? Me thinks the flaws to his game and his attitude are well recognised. On the other hand, Gareth Barry to start in my book
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06/09/2007 12:42:00

I'll be over the moon if Barry starts, he definately deserves it for his constant 8 out of 10 performances over the past 20-30 games.
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06/09/2007 12:46:00

Ferguson bought Roy Keane at 22 and he is not the best footballer in the world, but a driving force.That is what Reo-Coker gives us.I think the best element I am seeing with the team is the counter attacking threat.On more than one occasion he is there in the centre of the 6 yard box( Newcastle for example when Gabby spooned it!) breaking with the wingers.Once this is fine tuned it will be a deadly part of Villa play.Looking good!
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06/09/2007 12:59:00

barry deserves his chance for england, but i think it will be gerrard and hargreaves in the middle, with joey cole and swp out wide
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06/09/2007 13:06:00

i thought hargreaves ans swp were injured?
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06/09/2007 13:11:00

daspecial1: Hargreaves is out, injured.
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06/09/2007 13:11:00

I would like to see Mcduffus have some balls and surprise Israel by starting Barry in the centre and Ashely on the left...Barry was one of England's shining lights in that game against Germany, at a time when everyone was lumping the ball up the field he was playing the simple balls at wide and creating openings. With Young on the left to take the passes and run at the defenders directly (Rather than taking it round them for the sake of it and then passing the ball backwards like a certain Mr Cole always seems to do!!) and getting the ball into the box, England may actually have a chance of scoring!! No doubt he'll play a 80% fit Gerrard with the highly overrated Carrick in the middle though!!
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06/09/2007 13:29:00

Meant to say "Out" wide!!
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06/09/2007 13:30:00

As for NRC i think he's been awesome and will continually get better under MON. The boy is class!!! I thought it was a close call between Laursen and NRC for MOTM as without NRC in the centre Chelsea would have surely broken us down in the end!!
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06/09/2007 13:31:00

Ashley Young is THE inform winger in the country today...that's it then, Downing will start!
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06/09/2007 13:34:00

Downing has proved he does not have the ability to step up to the international game so now its time to give a player whom is playing for a better team and is in better form a chance!! It won't happen though - I reckon Downing is Red Face Steves illegitimate child...why else would he continue to pick him?? Ashely would tear the Israel defence apart, like he did to Chelsea's!!
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06/09/2007 13:40:00

well ive been impressed with NRC so far, hope his form will continue!
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06/09/2007 15:16:00

i would start joe cole on the left, he was arguably england's best player vs germany, and bring on young for the last half hour. his impact will be much greater that way. downing doesnt deserve to be in the england squad. and if hargreaves is injured, then id choose barry over carrick
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06/09/2007 15:16:00

You speak as you find, or you most certainly ought to, and taking that as my guideline, I can only re-iterate that I'm delighted with the acquisition of NRC. He's very definitely looked the business, and has to date added more to the starting line up than I ever thought he would or could. He's what we've needed for quite a while.
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06/09/2007 16:24:00

What a refreshing attitude, both on and off the field. Another 4 or 5 players with his approach and personal discipline and we could take on any team in Europe. Even if we were not not victorious the opposition would certainly know they'd been in a game. 10/10 to MON for signing "Okey-Cokey".
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06/09/2007 19:04:00

Have to agree with the majority, Coker is an excellent buy, confidence, arrogance call it what you will, the majority of the worlds greatest players have it in abundance, like his attitude. Must be terrible for the hammers to look at what they threw away, and how did that happen? a few bad performances, fans on his back, and a scapegoat is born, a players confidence drained, a gem lost, there is a lesson for us all in that one. UTV
Dion the villan
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06/09/2007 20:15:00

My boy fails in his duty to log out, yet again.
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06/09/2007 20:24:00

harewood i aint so sure about. a bit like reo-coker, had a great first yr in the prem, but was frankly s*it last season. and i cant see him challenging carew, moore, and even maloney at the moment
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06/09/2007 21:35:00

can i just add that a couple of you have spelt villian wrong in your username's
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06/09/2007 21:36:00

dion the villan- yeah so lets not make petrov feel too unwelcome, he can do it! yeah! daspecial1- and it most certainly is not spelt 'villian' lol
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06/09/2007 21:56:00

so we've both spelt it wrong, you're supposed to be the villains
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06/09/2007 22:29:00

Perfect for the Villa
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07/09/2007 03:02:00

all i will say is to all the bitter hammers on here, oneil has no time for ego's on the pitch, and oneil is no mug. if he had that much of an ego problem we wouldnt have signed him. talking about ego's west ham have more than their fair share these days only there for the money, you will continue to have problems with the egotistical players you have bought into your club, there motives are money not football.
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07/09/2007 09:00:00

NRC will be a Villa Park hero, I love him already. could give a toss what west ham fans think. He's a villa player now and that's all that matters in my opinion
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07/09/2007 09:51:00

west ham will eventually rue the day they decided to sell him. they should have been more gracious than to blame one man for all their problems which was pathetic in itself.
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07/09/2007 12:55:00

avfc48, Hadn't Harewood been injured prior to that but forced to stay on because Pardrew had made all his subs? That's how I remember it
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07/09/2007 16:04:00

can anyone tell me who else has swapped claret and blue for claret and blue? (Villa, West Ham, Burnley)
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07/09/2007 19:50:00

merlin - AVFC = Claret and Blue the rest are just cheap ...well.. lets just say the dye runs out in the wash! So Reo Coker is now wearing the true Claret and Blue.
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07/09/2007 23:55:00

Merlin- I think you will find we are the ORIGINAL claret & Blue.(Courtesy of Wikipedia -They were the original wearers of these famous colours and other teams, notably West Ham, Burnley and S ****horpe adopted the same colours.)West Ham in 1899, and Burnley in 1910.Like most things in football( like starting the league in 1888).Aston Villa..set the benchmarks...glad to say we are coming back online!( like by starting 07/08 by beating you Chelski boys)UTV
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08/09/2007 06:55:00

Tony Scott, a left winger back in the '60's moved from Upton Park to Villa Park, Tony Morley from Burnley to VP. Surely there must be others?
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21/09/2007 09:47:00


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