Aston Villa and Coventry fans react on Twitter to Joe Cole's permanent Sky Blues move

The former England international has joined the League One side on a deal until the end of the season following an initial loan spell.

Joe Cole is officially a fully-fledged Coventry City player – and Sky Blues fans seem pretty delighted about it.

The 34-year-old midfielder initially joined the League One side on a 35-day emergency loan from Aston Villa in mid-October, before the deal was later extended until the New Year.

After making seven appearances and scoring once, the former England international has now decided to turn his spell into a permanent one, completing a free transfer to the Ricoh Arena on a deal until the end of the season.

Speaking to Coventry’s official website about Cole’s move, manager Tony Mowbray said: “Since he joined the club, I’ve really enjoyed working with Joe and am delighted to see him sign on for the rest of the season.

“Our staff have worked hard with him to build up his fitness and physicality, and we’ve seen Joe really buy into what we’re trying to do here. He’s great to have around the dressing room and the rest of the squad feed off his experience, and I’m sure it’ll have a positive impact on our younger players as well.

“I only see his performances for the club getting better and he is a fantastic option to have from now until the end of the season.”

Cole’s Coventry swift brings an end to a largely forgettable 18-month spell at Midlands neighbours Villa, which saw him make just five starts in 16 total appearances for the Premier League strugglers, while recording one goal and two assists.

The veteran playmaker, who joined the club on a two-year deal in June 2014 after being released by West Ham United, did manage to show some flashes of his past brilliance during his time at B6, but niggling injuries otherwise prevented him from making a significant impact.

Unsurprisingly, fans of Coventry and Villa greeted news of his move in very different ways on Twitter, although some claret and blue supporters were prepared to give him plaudits for choosing to drop down to the third tier in search of first-team football.

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