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Doing The Okey-Coker

Doing The Okey-Coker

A heavily delayed press conference yesterday evening at Aston Villa`s brand new training ground announced that former England U-21 captain Nigel Reo-Coker had joined the club in an £8.5million deal. Apparently the delay was paper-work based, I feel however that it may have been due to Reo-Coker's leg falling off during the medical.

The Manager
Villa boss Martin O`Neill spoke of his delight of finally getting his man and suggested that for everyone concerned "He`ll be worth the wait."

The manager, speaking to the official website during the press conference said: 'I am absolutely delighted. It's been a long, drawn out affair but it was worth the wait. I am really pleased he has signed for us."

I think he has great energy, superb ability and I think he'll be a terrific asset for us."

The Player
Nigel Reo-Coker himself, seemed somewhat happy to be at Aston Villa, but following encouragement by those interviewing him felt the need to take one last swipe at former club West Ham and the supporters, who singled him out for criticism during last seasons dismal Premiership performance.

When asked if he felt he had been made a scapegoat at the press conference, Reo-Coker responded: 'If I am being honest yes I do believe that.

Whether people want to say I'm being obnoxious or arrogant or just being bitter that's my own personal belief.

I feel I was hung out to dry.' 'This is a fresh start for me, a new beginning and I do not want to dwell on the past.

Turning more to all things Villa, Reo-Coker told of his admiration for Martin O`Neill and how the stature and organisation of the club persuaded him that Villa Park was the place to be.

I wanted to play for Martin O'Neill,' continued Reo-Coker.

His record speaks for itself - and as soon as I found out about his interest, this was the club I wanted to come to."

Speaking to the official website today, his first full day as an Aston Villa player he said: 'This club is massive'

They've got a tremendous set of fans, a great stadium and obviously a great manager in Martin O'Neill."

Date:Friday July 6 2007
Time: 11:20AM


He looked like he needed a well earned rest.
06/07/2007 11:32:00
did any other clubs want him? he talks like he was spoilt for choice, but he is a good player and i'm surpised arsenal didnt go for him. he would do well next to cesc in the middle of the park.
06/07/2007 11:48:00
yes, al the top clubs are were falling overthemselves to get him! lol A pattern seems to be emerging. talented youngsters, who aint quite good enough for the big boys go to Villa cos they are the only ones who will pay!
Jacky B
06/07/2007 12:12:00
Presumably you mean Gareth Bale?
06/07/2007 12:16:00
I was unaware Bale played for Villa
Jacky B
06/07/2007 12:18:00
Oh no, that was Spurs that paid over the odds for player the big teams didn't want and has no Premiership experience - my mistake. Muppet!
06/07/2007 12:25:00
Okey cokey mate. £5 mil for one of the best left foots about, who has had rich praise from Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger. Not to mention he has 15 yrs in front of him. A calculated risk methinks. You are right, it was your mistake, you muppet
Jacky B
06/07/2007 12:28:00
Same old spuds fans - always dreamin'
06/07/2007 12:31:00
Calculated risk? £5m? or £10m eventually? Alex didn't want him. Arsene didn't want him. 2 of the best judges in the game. At least we know that Ashley Young and NRC can hack it in the Premier League. No Risk. Your criticism is misplaced - look to your own teams shortcomings first. Want a left winger? Barry, Berger, Young, Maloney. We seem to have a few spare.
06/07/2007 12:35:00
CLVilla exactly you plum £5 mil if he flops, 10 if he is a success hence calculated risk. Oh, and you can keep your wingers, even though we are desperate, we still did betetr than you without one. And Young was ours if we wanted. So If Bale is crap cos Arse and Man U didn't want him (according to you) what does that make Young who Spurs left hanging? Oh, and Reo Choker
Jacky B
06/07/2007 13:06:00
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