Houllier puts faith in Reo-Coker

25 October 2010 09:30
Gerard Houllier has revealed the "trust" he has in revitalised Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.[LNB] Reo-Coker's days at Villa looked numbered under previous Villa boss Martin O'Neill after a much publicised training ground bust-up early last season.[LNB]But the former England Under-21 captain was brought back into the side by Villa manager Houllier in his preferred central role and been one of their most impressive performers.[LNB]Now Reo-Coker is a strong candidate to skipper the side in the absence of the injured Stiliyan Petrov who is facing two to three weeks out of action with knee ligament damage.[LNB]The ex-West Ham midfielder wore the armband against Blackburn in the last round of the Carling Cup when Petrov was rested.[LNB]Houllier said: "I am working on how far can we push the team playing the football we have been.[LNB]"Every manager has a philosophy and you need to know what you want from the players.[LNB]"For instance, some players in that situation reveal themselves. No-one could argue that Reo-Coker has changed and become a different player.[LNB]"I trust him, very much, and he is doing a good job for the team.[LNB]"The job he is doing, he seems to be blossoming from that."

Source: Team_Talk