O'Neill - No Reo-Coker grudge

Villa boss happy to give captaincy to midfielder

Reo-Coker & O'Neill: Friends again

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill insists there is no grudge held with Nigel Reo-Coker after he handed the player the captaincy in the win over Bolton.

"Nigel and myself had a bit of a spat. It's over and gone with, it was quite some time ago"

. Martin O'Neill

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Reo-Coker was given his first start since the infamous training ground bust-up with O'Neill in September and he also skippered the side in the absence of Stiliyan Petrov.

O'Neill is adamant his bust-up with Reo-Coker is forgotten about and he was happy to hand him the captain's armband in the 5-1 thumping of Bolton.

"I'm too old to start holding grudges now," said O'Neill.

"Perhaps when I was at Nigel's age I probably would have done. But I'm too old and for the benefit of the team it's not that important.

"Nigel and myself had a bit of a spat. It's over and gone with, it was quite some time ago.

"What will be, will be, but I just want players to come in here and give everything for this football club and try and win games in this league.

"The opportunity arose to put him into the side and I felt if he's going into the side he might as well burden himself with the extra responsibility as captain as well. I thought he acquitted himself really well."