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Bye But Well Done Cahill

Bye But Well Done Cahill

Strange one for a Villa site maybe, and although I think letting Gary Cahill leave was a mistake, I'm proud of his final decision.

I still don't believe that Zat Knight is an improvement on Gary Cahill. I don't believe he's much of an improvement on Liam Ridgewell either and with Olof The Beard off to sunnier climes in the summer I still do not believe it was the right decision to let Gary go at all.

After all, if MON was worried about letting him go back on loan to Sheff U because it meant he couldn't be recalled in circumstances of injury - then surely a full on sale is mroe damaging?

However I digress, everyone knows I don't believe we should've let either player go, but I have to commend Gary Cahill on his decision to not move across the City.

Blues pulled out almost all the stops to get him, McLeish was in the press on a daily basis 'talking about a player' who they hadn't been given permission to speak to, and they even rolled out Ridge to try and convince his mate publicly to join their fight.

All to no avail 'sadly' as Cahill chose to team up with Samuel and McCann at Bolton and for that I'm grateful, as are a number of fans no doubt. He is wished the best for the future and I'm sure he will have a very successful career and go from strength to strength and I just hope we don't miss him too much.

That said I also want to shake his hand after reading comments from the Monsters Inc bloke, David 'the character' Sullivan:

"This player we chased very hard, but in the end despite matching the best offer that Villa received and then making him the best financial offer, Gary decided that he saw his future playing career away from the Midlands.'

Now I'm sure Gary has received a significant pay rise at Bolton, but if he was offered more from over the road and still turned them down, then fair play Mr Cahill!

Money isn't everything, sometimes reputation and personal pride is more important - not often in todays game, but I'm so glad to see it's alive and well in Mr Cahill.

Wonder if he had a word with the General before making his decision? Play for the Trotters or play for the.....centre halves get muddy either way but you can play in the mud and keep your dignity sometimes.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday January 31 2008
Time: 3:48PM


Good article. I am so glad that Gary, having pulled on the Villa shirt with such pride, could not then demean himself by crossing the city. His integrity shines through, I wish him a long and successful career. I only wish it could have been with Villa because this is where he should be.
31/01/2008 15:59:00
I agree it is sad to see him go - I thought he would make a future captain, but what do I know. Anyway in the end he wanted to play football every week, did not want to fight for a place and has taken a step down in the hope it will ultimately be a step up. Somehow I doubt it and I think both parties have missed out here. A lose/ lose situation. What I do know is that we are now very short at the back. An injury to any of the back four and there is no experienced cover on the bench. Over to you MON, you have 7 3/4 hours left!
31/01/2008 16:13:00
Cheers for the memories Gary. You'll certainly get a round of applause from me and I expect you to join Curtis in the England squad before too long.
01/02/2008 08:26:00
Agree with the comments in the article. He'll do fine at The Reebok, and certainly will help bolster their defence. He can go from strength to strength. Thanks Gary for turning your back on The Sty.
02/02/2008 21:35:00
Impressive debut too by all accounts. The sky really is the limit for this lad.
05/02/2008 16:34:00
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