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Grass Not Always Greener Gareth Barry!

Barry might not get everything he wishes for.

I find it interesting that as Redscouse were knocked out of the Champions League (or should that be 'The champions plus lots of others League') and have only finished 4th in the Premier League, that next
season they will have to go through the qualifying stages to even get in to the group stage. If they fail to get through that they would be in the UEFA Cup.

I wonder how Gareth would feel if he swapped his club captain, play every game, idolised status at Villa Park to go to Redscouse and then finished up playing every few games as part of a 30 man squad, playing second fiddle to the Torres and Gerrard show, in the UEFA Cup alongside the Villa.

Their club isn't in turmoil but is definitely in a state of limbo. Their proposed new ground will not be ready until Gareth is in his 30's, so he will not even have the benefit of being part of that. There are ownership and even managerial issues to be resolved.

It is understandable that Gareth wants success, we all do. I hope that he decides he can get it with us. However I would find it difficult not to have a wry smile, should he go to Redscouse and finish up with a poorer situation than he already has.

My message to Gareth is that the grass is not always greener on the other side.




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Writer: voiceoftheholte  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 12 2008

Time: 3:33PM

Your Comments

not in scouse land...but definately is in red north london...there is a place ready for him to slot into,and bring your mate ashley young.
fran merida
I wish people would stop talking about this nonsense. Liverpool have no money. They can't buy Gaz Baz until they sell some players. Crouch for 15m, anyone? Anyone? lol
BodyButter
Good article VOTN, IF you actually believe that Barry is interested in leaving anyway. I for one don't, and refuse to believe the media frenzy and blatent (barely legal) attempts by Liverpool to unsettle villa and Barry. For instance, there is a mendacious article in the E&S right now entitled 'Barry refuses to discuss his future' and nowhere within that article was he asked to discuss his future and it was in fact just a repetition of his comments on the OS earlier. Just because certain sections of the media (and little fat Benitez) says it is happening don't make it so in my opinion and I fully expect GB to be here next season.
jonah
If Wenger is seriously interested in GB we will have to work even harder to keep him at VP. I think IF Gareth decides he does want to go to a current Champions League club MON will make it as difficult as possible for Rafa to buy him. The two are obviously not best mates at the moment! This could open the door for either Wenger or Grant . I think Sir Alex has enough quality in that department. Here's hoping he stops in B6.
krfeskivilla
I think I am of the opinion that Barry needs to commit and soon by signing a new contract if he wants to go he needs to come out and say it, this club needs to aim to be top six next season minimum whether Barry wants to be here or not. The club should sit and wait around for him to make a decision, its his problem not ours, all we can do is make some big signings and show him we want to challenge, if he wait till August like to normal to sign someone, mark my words Barry will be elsewhere and we will then have to quickly sign a replacement, Barry is not my number one concern, the club as a whole is, whether or not he is there next season, Villa need to be aiming high. If wants out let him go, no such thing as loyalty in football anymore, Maldini was the last of a rare-breed. I hope Barry proves me wrong, but I will not shed a tear for him if he doesnt. Proud History - Bright Future
young_jonah
IMO if you have to convince him to stay then his mind has already left. If that is the case sell him for as much as you can get. We'll move on we always do.
gappy65
Has anybody seen one word from Barry saying he wants to leave? All I have seen is his comments about wanting to be successful at Villa and, more recently, his comments today talking about we (villa) next season.
jonah
I agree with young_jonah and gappy there... You saw how he responded to the speculation against wigan, one of his worst performances. IF we keep barry, it needs to be a 100% barry otherwise he is no asset to us... I think benitez has scuppered not only his chances of getting a bargain barry from us, but probably also made barry question whether liverpool would be any greener than us.... I agree the club needs addressing as a whole and would love to see barry stay, but if he leaves the world will not stop spinning. For what it's worth, i think barry wants to stay, but he also wants to succeed. If his words prompt our management into swifter gears in the transfer market then all this speculation may well be a good thing for us.
johnnyuk
I am pretty sure if only Liverpool are interested it would be a bad move. BUT if Arsenal came in for him I would think he would go - and there would be no hard feelings - they would genuinely challenge on all fronts unlike Liverpool and if he settles well there is a starting berth for him alongside Fabregas now that Silva is out of favour and Flamini has gone.....it would also push the price up a little. Tell you what 12million + Hoyte permanent + Walcott on a years loan and I would be happy with that!!!
deano.avfc
I think you have put our hand out to be slaped by calming we have already got into the uefa cup, but we more than have the quality to get there. I think Chelsea and Arsenal will come in for him but I believe he will not let what happened to Sidwell happen to him and I think he needs Villa and MON more then we need him and he will see that and stay.
Tallaght Villan
Is anyone else totally irritated (to put it politely!) by Rafa's complete lack of respect for MON, the Villa (and,therefore, us)? I think Randy and MON should tell our Gaz that they at least expect him to see out one more year of his current contract. However, if he really wants to leave they should let him go anywhere but Loserpool. They should be made to suffer for unsettling Gaz just before the Wigan game and possibly costing us 5th place. Also if we keep him, he can't afford to sulk next season: if his form dipped he'd lose his England place and the so-called big 4 would not want him any more.
Chutney Jack
Its certainly big decision time for Gareth. I hope he stays here, but somehow I think we are about to witness the parting of the ways. Whether or not he moves to Anfield is all up in the air, even if he should decide to move on. I wouldn't be surprised to see Arsenal enter the equation, and maybe even Chelsea.
glensider
 

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