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Liverpool Journalist - You Got It Wrong O'Neill

Liverpool Journalist - You Got It Wrong O'Neill

John Doe from Vital Liverpool posted the following in our Vital Villa article comments on the recent row between Martin O'Neill and Liverpool boss Tom Jones, sorry Rafa Benitez.

This is from the blog of Tony Barrett, the journalist who first broke the news about Liverpool's bid for Barry in the Liverpool Echo.

Sorry Martin - but you've got it wrong!

MARTIN O'Neill's anger about Liverpool's offer for Gareth Barry seems to be centred on the fact that news of the bid appeared in the ECHO within hours of it being faxed to Villa Park rather than on the offer itself. The Villa boss has convinced himself that the story was leaked to the ECHO by someone at Liverpool Football Club.

But like Sorry Martin - but you've got it wrong!

MARTIN O'Neill's anger about Liverpool's offer for Gareth Barry seems to be centred on the fact that news of the bid appeared in the ECHO within hours of it being faxed to Villa Park rather than on the offer itself.

The Villa boss has convinced himself that the story was leaked to the ECHO by someone at Liverpool Football Club.

But like the Alonso conspiracy theorists, O'Neill hasn't called this one right. Journalists never reveal their sources but it would be remiss to allow the current misapprehension to go unchecked.

No-one at Liverpool leaked news of the bid for Barry. Simple as that.'

Tony Barrett's blog can be found at: Click Here

Now I'm not trying to stoke any fires - and no doubt some readers won't actually look at what is being said before blasting the 'evil' opposition club. But frankly I found the whole row bizarre. Liverpool bid for a player. We rejected it. And........... ? There valuation was seemingly pathetic, so? At the end of the day, they mess about like that, they then don't stand a chance of getting the player, but again, so? Why the war of words in the press? Was it not unseemly? It was certainly unprofessional and did neither club any favours at all did it?

I'm afraid if we are going to get some players in this summer, we are going to have to bid. Now that might upset some clubs that we want their players and yes, we might even go in with a lower than we expect to pay bid in the first instance. So? Should we expect a tirade from that players club?

Lets hope this sort of row doesn't have to become a regular occurance, the only winners are the press and of course our sites as it gets everyone angry and talking!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 17 2008
Time: 12:54PM


Thanks for the article The Fear. Like you, I also hated the war of words in the press between our clubs. I can only hope that it dies down now and both clubs can deal together more professionally. Good luck next season.
17/05/2008 13:10:00
well said lads, i have huge respect for o'neill and really hate the way this has panned out. *****ing off ferguson is one thing but your gaffer's a true gent.
17/05/2008 14:13:00
And yes I will take the word of a journalist that it wasn't leaked from Liverpool! anyone can make such a statement without proof. If a journalist told me water was wet I would check first before agreeing.
17/05/2008 15:34:00
Saddo journo in protecting his source shock? Would he say it was a plop source or not? He has to say this doesn't he? Bog off and nick another couple of hub caps!
17/05/2008 16:03:00
Believe what you want Villa fans. Rafa said that Liverpool didn't leak the news of the bid. The journalist who first broke the news in the Liverpool Echo said that the leak wasn't from Liverpool. That's good enough for me.
17/05/2008 16:55:00
Lol - now you've really lost your credibility, JD - believing anything a rag journo has to say!! Like the man said - he would say that, wouldn't he? Wonder which club he supports, by the way ...
17/05/2008 17:02:00
The Fear, you were right, it's always the 'evil' opposition club who are to blame. :rolleyes: . Bob, O'Neill was upset with Liverpool because he read an article about Barry's bid in the Liverpool Echo, an article written by Tony Barrett. Now the same Tony Barrett says that the leak wasn't from Liverpool, it's obvious that he knows what he's talking about as he wrote the original article that started this whole mess in the first place. I say again, the journalist who was right about Liverpool's bid for Barry says his source wasn't Liverpool FC, it's not that difficult to understand now, is it?
17/05/2008 17:24:00
Does it really matter? Finger pointing and laying blame should be confined to the playground.
17/05/2008 17:47:00
I reckon O'Neil would have Rafa anyway!
17/05/2008 17:59:00
??????The journalist has said it wasn't from Liverpool and MON said it was. What is the point in going on about something that the two sides won't agree on. Rafa's comments since RE: "its a problem if your captain wants to leave" is what has made things worse regardless of the original source.
17/05/2008 18:19:00
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