Date: 28th July 2008 at 8:29am
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Nigel Hokey-Cokey has spoken of his pride at being the Villa captain for the game against Odense BK on Saturday.

The former West Ham skipper told AVTV online

‘It was fantastic to lead the team out. It is hard to put into words. It’s something I’d like to reflect on when my career is over. To be able to say ‘I captained Aston Villa – one of only four English clubs to lift the European Cup’ is absolutely fantastic. It is a real honour to do that for a fantastic club. We are a new generation now and we want to be successful in Europe too.’

What great sentiments from NRC.

He also said ‘We are confident we can go a long way in the UEFA Cup. You only have to look at the way we managed to get through the Intertoto Cup. People shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that these are mickey-mouse teams. It was tough opposition, hard to play against and there were few chances. As the manager said ‘if we don’t do well in Europe, what we did last season won’t count for anything.”

SO.

If you were Martin O’Neill what would you do for captain?

Our last poll on the subject of who should be our new captain, dated 10 Jul 2008, had the following results:

Martin Laursen (60%)
Nigel Hokey-Cokey (26%)
John Carew (he is bigger than me and you) (9%)
Curtis Davies (1%)
Ashley Young (1%)
Steve Sidwell (1%)
A.n.other new signing (1%)
Not bothered, doesn’t mean much these days (1%)

So it is between Martin Laursen and Nigel Hokey-Cokey one would think as they are the two players to have been given the armband by MON since Gareth Barry shot himself in the proverbial foot.

OR is it between those two? What would Martin O’Neill do if Gareth Barry did decide to stay OR if no team bids the right price for him so he stays by default? He has been a very fine club captain for Villa but did let himself down this summer with his ill advised article in the News of the World which you can put down to poor advice from agents etc but at the end of the day (great footballing expression!) he is a grown man who can make his own decisions.

Personally IF he committed his future to us and even considered a new contract, I would hand back the captaincy to him. However if he remains at Villa by default, I’d possibly give the armband to either Martin Laursen (my favoured choice I think) or Nigel Hokey-Cokey (who if he sticks around is surely a future captain anyway?)

Not an easy choice is it?

Have your say, vote on our poll, who would you have?!