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The Hokey-Cokey On Europe and Barry

The Hokey-Cokey On Europe and Barry

Nigel Hokey-Cokey, who some people seem insistent on referring to as Reo-Coker for some strange reason, says Villa have proved the Villa doubters wrong.

He told the official site: 'Martin's ambitions are Champion League and I'm sure that's what the fans want as well.'

Adding, 'I saw people tipping us to finish in the bottom half of the table, or from 12th downwards. But look at what we've done. Tottenham and Newcastle have spent massive money and even West Ham have spent a lot of money to get the right players in and really push for that European spot. So you really need to look at what we've done and people need to give us a lot more credit than we have been getting.'

He is hoping Villa will get through the Inter Two Bob to get the experience of Uefa football but adds that the Uefa isn't where, ultimately, Villa want to be heading and that MON has his eyes firmly set on the Champions League.

He has also spoken about the need to keep hold of Villa captain Gareth Barry: 'It's very important for us to keep Gareth but only Gareth can speak about that and make his own decision. That's between Gareth and the manager. I haven't really spoken to Gareth or Martin about it. I have always been a big fan of Gareth even before I came here. He's always been a top class player for me and he's been fantastic for us this season.'

Adding, 'If we want to get to that fourth place, you wouldn't want to lose our best players. Whoever makes the decision - Gareth, Martin or whoever - it's going to be an important decision.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday May 19 2008
Time: 11:50AM

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He sure says Gareth a lot
neilav182
19/05/2008 12:35:00
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Seconded. I'd just say, not as a Spam fan, but they've spent no where near what we have...their balance after income and expenditure was really low of last season's transfers, whereas ours was much higher. I know he wanted to get one over on his old boys, but let's be fair now Nige.
AstonMartinOneill
19/05/2008 15:31:00
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yeah but they are still pants compared to us!
ric112
19/05/2008 16:13:00
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True, I love that thats true.
PTP
19/05/2008 16:33:00
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Nige did a whole interview and didn't talk about himself once !!!!!!!!
Villan444
19/05/2008 19:58:00
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I'd have to disagree on a couple of these comments. I think NRC is spot on: West Ham have spent big money on people like Dyer, Lundberg, Bowyer, Solano, Parker, Cole, Neill, Upson, (maybe not all huge fees, but massive wages!) and have been mediocre at best. Spurs and Newcastle have also bought "big names" such as Smith, Owen, Bent, Woodgate, Chimbonda, Hutton etc etc. Our biggest signing, money-wise, is officially one of the top eleven players in the league, and our bargain basement buys (eg. Harewood) have been much better value and more productive than Bent(16 million???) or Smith. My second point is the fact that NRC gets stick from many (Villan444 in this case) for being arrogant - it's about fecking time we had some arrogance and confidence in our ranks! "An honest bunch of lads" have done nothing for ten years - competitive players have an edge - nobody is going to invite Rooney, Ballack, Viera, Makele, or Keane to their kids birthday party - but they are all WINNERS.
gmvillan
20/05/2008 03:11:00
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Good points there GmVillan
TuBBz
20/05/2008 09:07:00
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I've never thought of NRC as arrogant, leadership qualities in evidence clearly, and he's never afraid or hesitant in speaking his mind, which in my book is a very good trait to have. Expect a lot from him next season, particularly should he inherit the captaincy role if Gareth moves on. Dont think he suffers fools gladly, our Nige.
glensider
20/05/2008 19:08:00
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Never see him apologising for his 5hite distribution but he is all too willing to have a go at others that do ( although I accept he normally sweeps up after them by winning the ball back (( only to give it away again himself.))) I do like him and think that he is good in a Makelele role but he should limit his passing to 3-4 yards like Makelele. He should learn to walk before he talks the talk, then comes the arrogance.....
Villan444
20/05/2008 20:12:00
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