Darren Clarke admits he has not always seen eye to eye with Colin Montgomerie and Thomas Bjorn once called the Scot "a 40-year-old behaving like a three-year-old".
But they, along with Paul McGinley, are to be Montgomerie's three assistants when he captains Europe in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor on October 1-3.
And Clarke, when asked if differences have been cast aside for the good of the team, he said: "As with anybody you are going to have a few things over which you have disagreements, but those are all in the past. Monty is a figure for everybody to look up to in the Ryder Cup, most definitely."
Bjorn and McGinley were always likely to be part of the backroom team, having been appointed by Montgomerie himself for last September's Vivendi Trophy match, Continental Europe against Britain and Ireland, in Paris.
But Clarke was spoken to only at The Open last week after Montgomerie made "a phone call that I didn't want really to make" to tell Jose Maria Olazabal, whose rheumatism has restricted him to one European Tour appearance all season, that he would not be involved this time.
"I think it's very important nowadays to be part of the Tour - to be playing, to be associated with the players in the locker room, around the course and around the whole Tour," he said. "So it was my decision and all I can say is we wish him well."
Montgomerie has gone for Clarke despite knowing he could yet force his way onto the side.
The 41-year-old Ulsterman was runner-up in the Scottish Open two weeks ago and stands 21st in the race for the nine automatic places that ends on August 29. Bjorn is 55th and McGinley 83rd.
"I will play if I qualify," Clarke told Press Association Sport. "I think Monty will want me to if I do. I think Thomas and Paul will too. There's no question about that. If I do play well in the events I have left I possibly could give him a bigger headache. We shall see.
"We spoke at length about it and Monty said that he wants me there one way or the other. Right now as it stands I'm outside the team and I'm delighted to be part of his backroom staff."