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MON furious Over Barry Bid

MON furious Over Barry Bid

Martin O'Neill has hit out at reports from Scouse land that Liverpool have lodged a £10 million bid for Gareth Barry.

Speaking on the official site, the manager said:

'We're trying to build a side here and we're not a feeder club.'

O'Neill confirmed that contact had been made, but said that the carried reports were wide of the mark.

'Gareth Barry still has two years of his contract left to run and from my two years experience of working with him; he's not one who would be wanting to break contracts lightly.

'Liverpool haven't made a straight cash offer. They've made an offer involving a mish-mash of nameless player exchanges.

'I'm particularly disappointed to hear that business is being conducted in public and I just want to be clear on this: We're trying to build a side here and we're not a feeder club.

'We want to be trying to challenge. At some stage we want to get to the position that this football club once held. That will demand an awful lot of effort. It will take a supreme effort and it will take very, very good players.

'I don't want to be in a position of letting really good players go. Gareth Barry is a really good player who still has two years left on his contract.

'I haven't discussed these things with him yet. At some stage obviously I will do. But the day before probably our most important game of the season is not the time to be discussing it.

'It's particularly disappointing to find out that Liverpool have carried the story in their local paper. It's certainly not the way that the Liverpool of old conducted business. I prefer to do things with a bit or privacy and a bit of confidentiality.

'So that's particularly disappointing, especially at this time, we've got two important games coming up. Liverpool's season might effectively be over as they've qualified for the Champions League and their interest in this season's Champions League ended a couple of nights ago.

'I'd rather be waiting until the end of the season before I discussed things.'

I wonder if the FA would consider this a case of attempting to unsettle a player and tapping him up via the press.

It's a disgraceful way of doing business, but seriously why would Barry leave us to go there?

They have shown their colours by taking this to the press and Martin O'Neill's thoughts on that are perfectly clear for all the read, but Barry is a professional, why would he swop us and move to a club that behaves like that.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday May 2 2008
Time: 2:14PM


To be fair if we finish 5th we aren't a million miles away from Liverpool anyway in terms of league position. So its hardly a big step up! And £10 million is a joke when compared to Carrick and Hargreaves!
02/05/2008 14:21:00
Well said mart.
02/05/2008 14:21:00
It'll all come down to Barry, if he wants to go what can we do apart from get the highest possible price for him. If anyone can convince him to stay it's MON. But if Liverpool keep acting like this then it's going to be easy to keep him. Liverpool will be in tumoil over the summer I guarentee
02/05/2008 14:23:00
'We're trying to build a side here and we're not a feeder club.' Classic quote.
The Fear
02/05/2008 14:26:00
You have to love Fieldy's assumption of bad faith with "They have shown their colours by taking this to the press" here when it is arguably more likely that Barry's agent has run to the press in order to try and get a better contract offer in the summer. But he does have a tough decision to make as it's unlikely, if we are being realistic, that Villa will reach the Champions League while he is an active player. And don't kid yourself that the UEFA Cup is anything more than a joke - the damn flute players are in the final, after all.
02/05/2008 14:27:00
I'd say he is worth more than ten million. I hate this big four thing, the way they think that because he 'only' plays for villa of course he will want to play for liverpool. If i was gareth barry i would stay at villa as they are going about this building a side the right way, slow and steady not like citeh and liverpool approach wanting success straight away. i also agree with neilav182 liverpool will be in turmoil this summer.
durks de rover
02/05/2008 14:27:00
this saga is gonna go on all summer now unless garteth barry comes out and says he wants to stay. i'll be gutted if he left for lpool they are predominently underachievers and got lucky winning that champs league in 2005. He'll be on the bench. grrrrr i reckon MON could have tom jones in a fight
02/05/2008 14:28:00
Oh, by the way, told you the previous reports were rubbish, you heard it hear first on Vital Villa!
The Fear
02/05/2008 14:29:00
Barry isn`t worth more than ten million give us crouch,alonso and 9-10 million and we have got the better deal.
02/05/2008 14:31:00
With two years left on his contract and Liverpool about to go through a very difficult period with regard to their owners etc., Gareth would be better off taking a "wait and see" approach. Villa are bound to get him tied into a more lucrative contract over the summer and with us being"on the up" and Liverpool facing an uncertain future, there's only one decision he can make isn't there?
02/05/2008 14:36:00
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