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Martin O'Neill Vs Rafa Benitez (Tale Of The Tape)

Martin O'Neill Vs Rafa Benitez (Tale Of The Tape)

I have been really disappointed in the last few weeks with how Rafa Benitez has conducted himself during the so-called Gareth Barry saga.

Rafa has come out with some really unprofessional things since it became apparent that he would be making a move for our captain Barry. I have grown up like so many with the utmost respect for Liverpool, unlike Manchester United they were perhaps the likeable successful team, they have achieved so much in their time and are one of the world`s finest clubs. However I have watched the developments at the club over the past season, there is in-fighting at board level, their manager seems to have lost the plot, making stupid decisions on and off the field and I reckon it is only a matter of time before Liverpool are going to be in serious turmoil.

Benitez has single handily made the whole of the football world, including many Aston Villa fans believe that Gareth Barry would actually consider joining his club. Villa finished just 16 points behind Liverpool in the league as the reds managed to surprisingly finish fourth again, a real shock to all the neutrals, not!! Had it not been for some poor performances from Scott Carson (who we loaned from Liverpool coincidently), who it would appear is incapable of keeping a clean sheet, who knows were we may have finished in relation to Liverpool. Aston Villa have made huge strides under the leadership of both Randy Lerner and Martin O`Neill, and although many would disagree on here, I believe with the right signings, Villa could realistically push Liverpool for 4th place next season, cause I mean lets face it, that will undoubtedly be the position that Liverpool will be after just like every other season, yawn!!

With all that has gone on this week, Rafa has come out today and said that Peter Crouch is worth £15million and Scott Carson is worth £10million, he is obviously not aware that both of these individuals have played at Villa Park and that all us Villa fans are aware of how much these two are worth, £10million between them, if that, certainly nowhere near the £25million mark. He then refuses to pay £16million for Gareth Barry? Barry is twice the player Crouch is, and maybe as much as five times better than Carson is, probably a better keeper in fact!!

I urge Martin O`Neill and the club to avoid doing any business with Rafa Benitez, be that Carson, Crouch, John Arne Riise or Barry. If Barry hands in the transfer request we should refuse him a move to Liverpool just for how unprofessional Benitez has been.

We say Proud History, Bright Future at Villa Park. I believe that, but I reckon there are a few Liverpool fans disillusioned at life under the Hicks/Gillette regime and must be wondering how long Rafa will remain in the job. As this story rolls on, the more and more convinced I become that Barry will remain at Villa Park, I believe he is a professional lad with a huge amount of intelligence and that he must be able to recognise that Villa are about to overtake Liverpool who will inevitably be battling for 4th next season, as usual.

The difference next season is, so will we!!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Friday May 23 2008
Time: 1:53PM


i agree with everything you say apart from laying down the blame on carson. i dont want him as villa first choice next season, but one man does not make an army, against fulham and wigan, the team were poor, i think we should give the guy a break. regarding 'the owner of the worlds worst goatee', i fully agree, i understand the stubborn nature of the top bosses, denying obvious fouls and blaming the ref, but benitez has gone too far, he's probably worse than mopurinho was!
23/05/2008 14:20:00
I totally agree with the above, Liverpool will NEVER EVER win the league with Rafa in charge. I would stake my house on that, as its such a banker. He is a disgrace with his dealings over Barry, and I feel that Liverpool are starting to worry that teams may just catch them next season, all with spending about a quarter of what Rafa has spent, says a lot really.
23/05/2008 14:21:00
To be honest, I have the utmost respect for Martin O'Neill, top manager, top man. But he is the one coming out with little credit from this, though he knows what he is doing. O'Neill was the first one to come to the press about Liverpool's Barry interest, and he has been to the press on it several times since, hardly the actions of a man supposedly indignant at Rafa for making his Barry interest public. It's clear O'Neill thinks he is losing Gaz Baz and is trying to drive the price up by creating a furore, I don't really recall Benitez saying much about this. As for Carson and Crouch, yes, ridiculously over priced, but they're Liverpool players and they've a right to value them at whetever price they like, just as you can with Barry. I actually really hope you hold on to Barry, I think Villa are building something very special and he is a top player and a great professional, he's at the right club at the moment. (Although with Flamini gone, I wouldn't mind seeing him at Arsenal!)
Little Dutch
23/05/2008 14:23:00
Great article. As you say, I used to respect Liverpool and even Benitez. Around the time of his battles with Mourinho, he always came across as the more dignified manager. He was a gentleman. Now though, he is acting like an arrogant ***** and he thinks he can bully Villa around. I would love it if we finished ahead of them (and with Barry in a Villa shirt obviously!)
23/05/2008 14:24:00
Well done Dan, you hit the nail on the head. Rafa's in serious need of a reality check. I for one, have never EVER doubted Gareth's commitment to the Villa or that he will leave. How important will CL bench warming seem to him when he's leading his country into the World Cup Finals? Not very.
23/05/2008 14:32:00
Little Dutch you may want to read over which comments and leaks were made first before making your assumption. Rafa is just upset really that he is not getting his 10 Million for Carson, and therefore less transfer funds, of which i am told there is very little.
23/05/2008 14:33:00
Little Dutch, the rumour hit the press from an unamed source/scouse. MON was obviously then bombarded by the press about a bid from Liverpool, to which he told them like it was.
23/05/2008 14:36:00
No credit from either side, would be nice to knock both the managers heads together to save them bringing any more embarrassment to the clubs. Petty squabbling is childish and they need to grow up!
The Fear
23/05/2008 14:44:00
KSarge, Rafa has spent 80M Net in 4 years. Won the champions leage, got to another final and semi, won the FA cup. Would you say that your team have spent a quarter of that?!?!? I would say he has done a reasonably good job with the mess Houllier left him. I do agree though he has let himself and the club down on this occasion with his persuit of Barry. As for winning the Prem well if we had the money Man U and Chelsea had who knows........Your comments about catching us are rediculuous
5 times
23/05/2008 14:45:00
5 times - Yes we have spent about 20 million net....and that is a quarter.
23/05/2008 14:51:00
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