Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe thinks that for the good of Aston Villa, Martin O’Neill has to extend a hand to Nigel Reo-Coker.
Aston Villa have perched themselves back up among the European spots after their 4th win in five Premier League games. It seems that normal service has been resumed at Villa Park, after a shaky opening against Wigan and then crashing out of Europe, leaving talk of another possible assault on the Champions League spot this season. The post match press conference though wasn’t so much on the excellent 2-0 victory, but more the bust-up between Martin O’Neill and Nigel Reo-Coker.
A lot has been said and written over the last couple of days about the way that Martin O’Neill handled the bust up with Reo-Coker that saw the player sent home from a training session and banished for the Villa squad.
This is because he is such a versatile and important player that somewhere down the line Villa will need him big time if they want to maintain their Champions League push. I really believe that O’Neill needs to hand out an olive branch to the player, nip it in the bud, so the football club and player can move on.
Villa captain, Stilian Petrov, said in The Daily Mirror: “Things like that happen. Everybody in the team is a fighter, we want to achieve things. Things like that will happen during a season when you want to fight and want to be a winner.”
“The manager knows what he’s done, Nigel knows what he’s done and they’re grown men, they know when to stand up. They will straighten things out and Nigel will be back in training. Nigel is a winner. He tries to win things and things like that happen.”
“I spoke with Nigel, we’ve all spoken with Nigel, we know how difficult it is for him. Nobody wants to be in this situation.”
The sooner the situation is resolved the better because then Villa can focus on moving forward as a team. The squad unfortunately isn’t the strongest, therefore the last thing they need is valuable members of it left out in the cold, so O’Neill should look to cool the situation with Reo-Coker so everyone can move on as soon as possible and the club can focus on doing what they need to do on the pitch and not off it.