Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
Martin O'Neill has said his number one job this summer is convincing Gareth Barry to stay at Villa.
'A player of Gareth's undoubted quality and ability would take some replacing, so keeping him at Aston Villa is as important as anything we do in the transfer market.'
He also sees no reason why we can't progress and attract more quality to the club. Hopefully this summer these words won't come back to haunt him, although I must admit I am optimistic of a good summer of transfers this year, he knows EXACTLY what is needed now and has also offloaded the players he didn't rate or want.
He told the official site: 'I want to really keep the progress going. We want to try and step forward again and we're looking to add that extra quality to the quality that we have. We definitely need more. That gets harder as you go along because you're trying to add to a better side. But we're trying to progress and we have got to do it, otherwise we wouldn't just stand still, we would probably regress. There's no standing still in Premier League football because there's always someone looking over your shoulder.'
I think he is totally right, get Barry to commit longer term and other targets will surely be easier to attract? I still say if he signalled his intent with a longer contract it might then be easier to convince others to do so.
On the subject of Barry, Vital Villa asked if you thought the Villa skipper would leave this summer.
66% said yes. 23% no and 11% thought it was in the balance. I guess we'll soon find out, the transfer window opens when the season ends on Sunday.
COME ON VILLA !
Date:Wednesday May 7 2008
Stats: Aston Villa v Leyton Orient (Wednesday August 27 2014)
Attitude Is Key For Orient Clash (Wednesday August 27 2014)
The Villa Times - 26/08/2014 (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Alan Hutton Smashes Man Of The Match Vote (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Senderos Gets BBC Nod (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Gary Gardner Goes On Loan To B&HA (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Aston Villa Ticket News - Home And Away (Tuesday August 26 2014)
Love In At Villa Park - Meh. (Tuesday August 26 2014)
U21s - Blackburn 1-1 Villa (Monday August 25 2014)
U21s - Cowans Looks For First Win (Monday August 25 2014)
|2.||Pride of Lions||727|
|4.||Villan Of The North||348|
|6. Hull City||2||1||1||0||1||4|
|7. Aston Villa||2||1||1||0||1||4|
|8. West Ham||2||1||0||1||1||3|
|Name the Starting XI - Everton (a)
» Chelsea : 28/08/2014 10:01:00
|Mourinho jibe hurt Eto'o
» Everton : 28/08/2014 10:00:00
|Go Get That Duo!
» Man Utd : 28/08/2014 09:57:00
|Everton face Swansea in Capital One Cup
» Everton : 28/08/2014 09:00:00
|What will Fazio add to Spurs?
» Spurs : 28/08/2014 08:37:00