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Villa Midfielder To Portsmouth?

According to the Mail On Sunday, Gareth Barry is set to move to Portsmouth this week.

The report says that Pompey manager Harry Redknapp expects to seal a 4.5million deal in the next few days for the left-sided midfielder.

Gareth Barry came through the youth system after we attracted him from Brighton, starting as a YTS trainee. He started in midfield but was soon utilised as a left sided defender and some say his best form came when he was on the left side of a back three. In recent seasons Barry has once again moved into midfield saying he didn't like playing in defence. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 coming on as a sub against Sheffield Wednesday in 1998. He has made over 300 league and cup appearances for Villa scoring 26 goals along the way. He also has 27 England U21 caps and 8 full international caps.

You've got to doubt this report surely? With the arrival of Martin O'Neill and an expected takeover to happen in the next few weeks, why would he want to move to Portsmouth?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 13 2006

Time: 10:51AM

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If this article is true and he wants a move to Portsmouth, let him go...We want and need players who want to play for Villa. Players who need to be persuaded to stay at our great club are not wanted in my thoughts. If the situation regarding the club being sold shortly and the appointment of a great manager in MON can't motivate Barry then show him the door...Barry don't let the door swing back and kick you in the ass.
Wants a "Randy" owne
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13/08/2006 11:17:00

shame if this is true, I was hoping he would go to Spurs. I am a little suprised if it is for football reasons only, Portsmouth are throwing money around but I do see moving there as a gamble. Maybe sitting tight and seeing what O'Neil plans were would be a sensible option at least in the short term.
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13/08/2006 11:27:00

This just stinks of lazy journalism to me, an article being re-used from a couple of weeks back to fill column inches. Lets not get on Barrys back til there is something more definate.
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13/08/2006 11:28:00

Why on earth would he want to join portsmouth
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13/08/2006 11:35:00

WTF??? I thought MON held talks already with him and he fully committed his future to Villa? Well Portsmouth themselves are entering a new era, but i still dont see why Barry would want to move now, to any other team. If he does move, i want to see an immediate replacement. I dont want a player as good as Barry to leave, with no one in mind to replace him. HARGREAVES....or Petrov, Malbranque either one is good.
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13/08/2006 11:49:00

He's having talks this week, and i doubt the times have the ability to see into the future and know what his response will be. The fact that its portsmouth is even harder to believe. smaller club, smaller ground but with a bit of money which we will soon have here anyway. pinch of salt
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13/08/2006 11:50:00

Just let him go if he doesnt want to play for us! He's good, but hardley irreplacable!
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13/08/2006 12:02:00

He's certainly unhappy about a few things, included being quoted in the latter part of last week as having decided to commit his immediate future to the club. The 4.5m fee seems a bit on the low side to me.
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13/08/2006 12:09:00

******* hell , how in gods name would moving to Portsmouth be a good career move ! If he does leave he deserves everything he gets !! Championship football !!!
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13/08/2006 12:13:00

Why on earth would anyone want to join Portsmouth?
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13/08/2006 12:13:00

Pah, laugh at Pompey all you want the only way our club is moving is up.
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13/08/2006 12:14:00

Wake up Murph. Stop living in the past. Play Up Pompey.
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13/08/2006 12:35:00

His last really good season for us was under Graham Taylor and before that, he'd been left out by I've always been frustrated by his inconsistency - merely an ok midfielder whose best position was either left back in the left side of a back three. If he can't stay here at Villa with the new manager then his heart isn't here and he should go. But we need some people in first before we sell him.
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13/08/2006 12:54:00

I don't rate him but it will be nice to get a south coast lad in the team. Villa could do with the money. Everyone is a winner.
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13/08/2006 13:06:00

Barry is good but not great we dont need players who dont want to play for us, he is hardly a match winner, i woul'nt pay 4.50 for him!!!!!
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13/08/2006 13:36:00

I'm not sure about the story, we are currently investing a lot of time and about to spend a lot of money in a benfica midfielder called fernandes, Barry wouldnt want to sit on the bench here any more than he does at Villa. We seem to have been through the same club problems as you for the last ten years so i have a lot of sympathy for Villa but Jaspervilla, most people on the box and in the paper seem to think MO'N or not you'll be mid table with us. Anyway if Barry does leave you it will be because you have signed Petrov and i know which i would prefer playing at Pompey. Wish you luck but not as much as us.
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13/08/2006 14:08:00

FYI Barry does not just sit on the bench so I guess that sums up your football knowledge. I don't expect you to know all about Villa players but if you don't know why make a fool of yourself? I know little about Pompy but I do know that even with all that money you are throwing arround, most players would still rather come to Villa because we have the international status, not that of MUTD, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea but most people outside the UK have never even heard of Portsmouth.
Villain Of The North
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13/08/2006 14:15:00

Villain your own supporters on this and other websites say because of consistency he would be on the bench if you get Petrov, or any other decent midfielder, but at least your not bitter about things eh, secondly i'm not sure your "international status" is any higher than anybody else's, and as for throwing money around it's a first for us, do some checking on Villa's expendidture against ours over the last say 5 years.
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13/08/2006 14:37:00

russelm, I was refering to this closed season as far as throwing money arround is concerned, but unfortunately Pompey's low status has meant that even with money they have found it difficult to attract top players. As far as Petrov is concerened I think you will find that most would expect him to replace McCann, that said, McCann has had a great pre season so maybe we won't be needing Petrov, certainly not at the overinflated price Starchan is demanding. As for Barry's quality, many commentators in the media recognise how good he can be (he has been inconsistent but then so has the managership at VP and therefore most of the other Villa players have been too) and tout him as the man to solve the left hand side problems for England. It all depends what sort of football the manager wants to play as if he wants to play with classic pacey wingers, he won't give Barry a second look but if he wants an inteligent player who is good on the ball and puts in some great passes and can shoot (and take penalties, a skill sadly lacking in england) then Barry is the ideal man. I have heard him described as the Beckham of the left, not that I would suggest that he's as good as Beckham has been but he's better than the Beckham of the last couple of years. As for being bitter, no not really, I just get *****ed off with Portsmouth fans coming on hear touting themselves as a big club when we all know that they are perenial strugglers and that Villa are (not my words) a sleeping giant waiting to be woken up. Many beleive (both Villa fans and otherwise) that Marin O'Neill is the man to do this, especially if he gets the backing of a progressive board with ambition. If this happens, mark my words, the top 6 in the prem, in 3-5 years, will be the same every year with only the finnishing order changing, it will be as follows Chelsea, Man Utd, Aston Villa, Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal. These 6 teams will fight it out for the title every year and Pompey, if they continue to have financial backing may on occasion, qualify for the Uefa Cup and if so might then start to attract some top players, but not before. Personally I think mid-table is all they will ever achieve.
Villain Of The North
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13/08/2006 15:27:00

First as i said on the other heading i dont come on to other teams web sites and slag them off. I think i said quite clearly that we were likely to end this season mid atable and i think so will you. Your stadium is bigger, but your fan base isnt, Again sorry but we all see our teams as big but others dont, thats the way the football world is. I've protested with Villa fans against your club chairmanship and ive worried about ours.Lets be honest if NO'N wasnt around you would all still be against Ellis. Last season you finished one place above us and we have not seen too much of that sleeping giant have we. Yet we had two non scoring strikers, a managerial change and a near bankruptcy. Currently we have half the income of you , this will change and many "pundits" disagree with you regarding our potential. Im not sure how you put your self in the top 6, i suppose you are relying on a buy out, and i guess you will be throwing money around. I would like Barry to come, as i said i dont think he will, and we have what some have said s the new makalele for 10 mill. i agree with you on management style, i would prefer Petrov. As for penalries we only got two all season luckily they came to us at the end of the season. I think your Steven davis is a class act, i think the same about ouyr Gary O'neil but I cant agree with you on our mid table destiny. Long may BCFC and scumhampton have to visit southend
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13/08/2006 16:02:00

lol, southend is too good for them!!!! As for how we achive a top 6 status, I'm looking 3-5 years ahead, not next season, a top half finnish is what I am expecting as Villa have some very good players who just did not perform for O'Leary. I want some investment but I don't want to do a Chelsea, I'd rather follow the Spurs model of buying for the future and building over time. I see the current squad as a possible spine for a bright new future. AS for Ellis, I'm still against him but will give him credit for finally doing right by the club and employing O'Neill, the only man I can envisage being sucessfull at this time at VP. Baros is a world class player and Melberg (at least when bot playing for O'Leary) is a world class defender, with Barry and Davies, Hughs and Bouma as good international standard players and Angel, Laursen needing to reprove themselves and some great youth talent comming through like Ridgewell, Moore, Agbonlahor and Cahill. We also have Berson, whom I and many others rate highly, but O'Leary didn't use him and Djembe Djemba, a currrent Cameroon international trying to force their way into the squad. With a few good prem players like Handrie and Delaney in the picture you can maybe understand why I feel that last seasons underachivement was not due to lack of quality, maybe lack of numbers had a part to play but it was mainly due to poor leadership and a useless manager. Good luck to Pompey but in 3-5 years I can't see any possible comparison when you look at our starting points. Of course the big advantage you have is that you don't have Doug Ellis dragging the club down.
Villain Of The North
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13/08/2006 16:41:00

I think Barry would be better off at Pompey. According to all the bookies, Pompey are rated alot higher than Villa for next season. We are on the up and our team is looking stronger every day. We have just signed sol campbell, david james, kanu, sulley montary is on his way. Villa being a better team than Pompey is a thing from the past. Blame your manager and chief executives for that. Your gonna struggle this season.
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13/08/2006 16:57:00

I agree that on paper your signings are good, problem is that they will all soon be drawing their pensions. Good luck with James on crosses by the way, we've had experience of that and it's not a pretty sight. We call him Calamity James.
Villain Of The North
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13/08/2006 17:04:00

Signing David James does not make you bigger than us! Just thought i'd clear that one up. We had him once too you know..butterfingers.
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13/08/2006 20:02:00

Wo cares, rather see malbranq - he has vision and creativity. He's proven in the EPL and Fulham want to sell. Would like to see Gravesen too but I can't see that happening. Malbranq would supply Baros and Angel with the bullets man.
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14/08/2006 04:24:00

Another point pompey fans, barry would move to further his career both at club level and international. dont see that happening as both sol campbell and james have been axed by mclaren after signing for you. also having a bigger fans base than us? you really do live in your own little world on the south coast dont ya?
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14/08/2006 11:55:00

Truth be told both clubs have under achieved for years. with money to spend both clubs will hopefully be able to leave those days behind them. Over which club is going to be the more succesfull only time will tell, my money is on Pompey at the moment due to a head start in the rebuilding. Personally don't want Barry i think he's overrated but if he comes to us he's welcome to prove me wrong. I wish you all the best for the season and hope you manage to remove the weight around your neck that is Doug Ellis.
Steve C
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14/08/2006 13:43:00


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