Beef Berger Doesn't Mince His Words
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Beef Berger Doesn't Mince His Words

Beef Berger Doesn't Mince His Words

Patrik Berger has spoken about Gareth Barry and says he should leave Villa and go to Anfield.

In an article for The Telegraph, the Czech Midfielder, now public enemy number one amongst Villa fans (!) said:

'It is Liverpool and if I was in Gareth's position I would go there tomorrow. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, it would mean Champions League and challenging for trophies every season. The manager is doing a fantastic job here, but I think to reach the top four it will take more time, more work and more players.'

Fans in the Vital forum are saying Berger should be shipped out immediately: Click Here But lets be honest without our claret and blue specs on, what exactly has he said wrong? These players aren't fans of clubs, they are staff and they have to think about their own careers surely?

If I was in Barry's position, (he is not a fan, he is a member of staff) what would I do? 10 years in one job and no European football? Possibly £100k a week and a new challenge? Champions League football whilst at the pinnacle of my career?

Where is Berger wrong? MON is doing a good job (not sure fantastic yet but we are moving forward) but we were out of both cups at the first hurdle, we could have challenged for 4th with proper players being brought in last summer but that was totally screwed up.

Barry waited last year, he was excited at the prospect of the world class players incoming and we got Harewood (nice chap, 100% commitment, but come on, the next level?), Moustapha Salifou who hasn't been played and Wayne Routledge (in January) who again, to date, hasn't got a look in despite a wafer thing squad.

Maybe Berger shouldn't have said that in public, but I can't argue, as much as I'd like to, with what he said.

This summer we 'might' do the business in the transfer market, does Barry take the risk and end up being disappointed again?

Careers are short, yes we helped build Barry's career but a few seasons ago (under David O'Leary) he was the only bugger who cared and was the one that kept Villa up.

Not sure he owes us anything does he?

Personally I'd rather see him at least see out his contract but an unhappy player is not good in the dressing room so....?

Always good to remember that no one person is bigger than our fantastic club, I hope to God he stays as I've been a Barry bore for years, I think he is quality, but a club this size does not have to beg anyone to remain, we've survived departures before, we'll survive departures again. One thing we (hopefully) can be sure of is this current board won't be giving any players away, the clubs that want our lot can either cough big time up or sling their hooks!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday May 5 2008
Time: 10:48AM


All very well but you never told us how far the hook should be slung :-)
07/05/2008 02:34:00
Way out of order Berger. Surely it would have been better, certainly the right thing under the circumstances, to keep that mouth of yours firmly shut?
06/05/2008 15:03:00
MON has said he won't play this weekend and therefore has played his last game. Have to say Berger's comments are immensely disappointing when you consider we pay his wages. Pleased MON has taken this stance it shows that he wants everyone pulling in the same direction.
06/05/2008 14:40:00
Had to laugh at the "challenging for trophies" comment. The job dodgers only challenge for the Champions League (despite the fact they haven't been champions for 18 years). If GB wants to go, then let him. Don't want players who don't want to be here. Just got to get the best price for him.
06/05/2008 13:00:00
berger; go and find a corner to die in. t.osser.
06/05/2008 12:38:00
What's pee'd me off about these quotes is that he's apparently said in one breath that Barry should leave and in another that it's getting harder for anyone to break into The Top 3 (plus L'pool) and the only way to do it is to haold on to your best players. Er... Precisely Patrick. So why don't you SHUT UP YOUR BIG MOUTH!!
Adam Deuce
06/05/2008 10:28:00
If Barry's heart is on moving to Anfield then let him go for the right price, however for Villa this would be a step backwards. If Villa do indeed have ambitions of achieving CL football and breaking he top 4 then we must start looking at why we should be selling our captain to a team who are our closest challengers in the top 4. MON said he didn't want to be a feeder Club for the top 4 so how will he react if Barry leaves for Merseyside?
Hoss The Villain
06/05/2008 09:34:00
Fine him 3 weeks wages and cancel his contract!
06/05/2008 09:27:00
Shut ur trap Berger ya turncoat. If barry goes to liverpool he's not even guarenteed a starting place just ask Crouch where he would rather be playing right now. I'm sure he'd choose a starting place with villa rather then being a backup player for liverpool!
06/05/2008 09:17:00
Ho dare he come out with these comments hours after his worst performance in a Villa shirt! I like Beger but he was comically bad against Wigan
05/05/2008 22:55:00
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