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O'Neill Factor Convinced Barry

Gareth Barry has admitted that if David O'Leary had stayed as manager, he would most probably have not stopped as a player.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who put pen-to-paper on a new four year deal this week said: "I`d virtually asked the club for a move. I`d made my decision before David O`Leary got the sack. Then he got sacked and I was in no man`s land. The club just wanted me to hold on and wait for the new manager and, thankfully, it was the right thing to do. I thought I had to move on for the sake of my career. But I saw the reception when Martin was appointed and it started me thinking 'Is it the right thing to move on?`'

It then took the 'O'Neill factor' to persuade him his future lay at Villa Park.

"I had a few conversations with the manager and he slowly changed my mind. He has said all the right things. He is the sort of man you can listen to and take it in. He has always got the best out of his players. He can get the average players playing good and good players playing great. That`s a sign of a good manager."

It also looks like the dressing room is a completely different place with Barry saying O'Neill is 'like a breath of fresh air' adding "I can`t remember so many positive vibes, certainly not in the last four or five years.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 29 2006

Time: 10:09AM

Your Comments

Lets hope the O'Neill factor can bring in some really big name signings to boost our profile. I reckon we should go all out for Tevez as a real statement of intent!
DeanoVilla
Now MO'N has to convince other players of similar calibre to Gareth Barry to come and join the team. If reports are to be believed then Petrov makes a good start.
DoogieTyBrenin
Deanovilla i have seen a post on the bbc 606 forum that Tevez would be a villa player before the deadline for big big money but i think it is just somebody starting a rumour, but i agree it would be a real statement to make and show everybody that we will be challenging the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man utd and Liverpool for the very best players in the world. It would be awesome if it was true and you never know.
deemz
Who knows how many players we'd have lost this summer had O'Leary remained at the helm? Seems we had a very disenchanted dressing room. Signing Gareth Barry up on a new long term improved deal is a shrewd piece of business by the club, and speaks volumes for the impact on the dressing room that Martin O'Neill has had since his arrival.
glensider
I suspect the reason MON isn't saying much about incoming transfers is beacuse he doesn't want to pay inflated prices, although it's not exactly a secret that Villa have a new owner is it? I have faith in the kind of player MON wants. You don't need to spend 20 mil on one player when you can get 4 great but unknown players for that amount of money. How much would Stephen Apiah cost? He'd be another Vierra.
Steve64k
 

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