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Martin O'Neill On Wages And Gareth Barry

Martin O'Neill On Wages And Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry really is the topic of the week, or is it month? Lets just hope it doesn't drag on throughout the summer, I'm not sure any of our nerves could handle it could they?

Martin O’Neill has admitted in the Express & Star that Gareth Barry's stock has risen dramatically but he will do everything he can to keep him and our other top players at Villa.

The Villa boss said: 'He got into the England squad, then he got into the England team and he’s there on merit and he’s in a really fine position.'

He says he has to talk to Barry and his advisors in the summer as the chairman and him want to keep the best players.

The Villa boss refuses to worry about paper reports, agents or even other players, such as Steven Gerrard who was quoted saying he'd like Barry at Liverpool.

He also knows some of our other players who have performed well this season might be knocking on his door for new contracts but says he's never seen a player who has played badly come to him to ask to have his wages reduced..... Nicely put!

In another report he seems to be refuting the claim that there is a wage ceiling at Villa,

'If someone is worth something here and he’s doing so well, to reward him by either putting him above or alongside his peers because that’s where we stand at the time, I haven’t got a problem. I would set out the same principle at every football club.' Adding, 'The players know me by now and they know if they’re doing brilliantly, they don’t need to walk into my office – I can foresee these things. I will be looking at all these things with the players who have done so well. It wouldn’t matter if they signed last year – I will look at it again.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 23 2008
Time: 1:50PM


Gerrards a *****er, if would break my heart to see barry in the dirty reds for contracts, young IMO has deserved a bunk up! love the wages reduced comment LOL
23/04/2008 14:02:00
yeah seriously **** off gerrard
23/04/2008 14:05:00
to be fair our players have done similar, think JC was quoted the other day about Peter Crouch. They all do it!
The Fear
23/04/2008 14:07:00
the positive thing with regard to all this 'barry speculation' is the position the club are in right now. not just in regard to the manager, owner, facilities, et al....but we sit in 6th spot on the ladder, and if form has anything to do with it, we may be 5th come sunday evening. that is a true European football position, and sure it isn't the holy grail of the champs league, but it is close. point being is it close enough for Barry? it may be, and if you include the other positives, i think there is a real possibility he'll stay. and anyway, after that truly dire reds/blues semi final, he should stay so he captains a team that is flowing and growing!
23/04/2008 14:09:00
Its different when its about our players fear ;p
23/04/2008 14:10:00
well put leftfoot, i think when it really comes down to is he'd prefer to stay here. i know pool and chel are more or less guaranteed champs leasgue football every season but i seriouisly dont see GB being classed as a regular starter for either. just against grade b opposition, if u know what i mean
23/04/2008 14:12:00
true benham, and Barry would be aware of this surely? Captain of a resurgent club or bit part extra?
23/04/2008 14:22:00
Just read a very good article by Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror on the Barry situation.Seems like Barry's agent could be agitating behind the scenes and also reports that Randy Learner was'nt best pleased about his comments last Friday.Also says that Barry's success in the last 2 years both with Villa and England can be put down to St Martin's arrival at Villa and he would be foolish to leave.
23/04/2008 14:27:00
Not too sure that cash alone will be sufficient enough to keep Gareth at B6, should we fail to automatically qualify for the UEFA Cup. Give Gareth guaranteed competitive european club football and assurances that quality players will be arriving this summer, then I genuinely believe that he would be delighted to stay here. At the age of 27 though, he quite rightly has to consider all options, particularly as he deserves to be plying his trade on the european stage. Over to you Martin and Randy.
23/04/2008 14:34:00
You might get Sidwell as his replacement if he does leave.
Fan of Blues
23/04/2008 16:30:00
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