Aston Villa boss O’Neill: Coker is absolutely ideal for us

O’Neill told The Sun: “I know he has a reputation for speaking his mind but as long as it makes a bit of sense, I have no problem with that.

“I have always admired Nigel. I think he is a driving force and I like that about his game.

“He says what he thinks but overall I like his tenacity and his ability.

“He’s absolutely ideal for us. He’ll give us a lot of energy and a bit of direction.”