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You Can't Escape The Gareth Barry Saga!

I'm bored! I'm not a mad fan of close season anyway, not many of us are I would guess (because I'm clever like that) but at least usually there are some decent rumours and gossip about who is coming to Villa Park! Fair enough, only 1% turn out to be true - although strangely the ones on the exits seem to be 99% true, but at least they pass the time of day!

Talking about exits.....?!

The papers are full of Gareth Barry articles again today, I think they want him to move to Liverpool the way some are talking although I guess it is interesting for them as well that Villa are no longer jumping at the first offer for a player like previous years. The Daily Star reckon that we'll hold out for 20million. The amount quoted as bid by the Anfield lot differs from paper to paper, some say they've gone to around 13million, others higher. Not sure I care to be honest, IF they want him, they have to pay what we want and that appears to be above 15million. Simple as that really. Or is it? Lets face it, they are in debt up to their eye balls with owners the fans don't want at the club.

Best way to negotiate is:

Liverpool: 15million
Villa: 20million
Liverpool: 'We'll meet in the middle'.
Villa: Ok, fine. 20million !

Martin O'Neill said life would go on if the Villa skipper did leave, although he also admits it would be a setback to his plans to bolster the squad. 'It's very frustrating. We finished sixth last year and he was a major part of that.' Adding, 'But if Manchester United are struggling to keep hold of Ronaldo then the rest of us are in a bit of trouble. It's difficult but if we have to go on without Gareth Barry then we'll still have a go. Gareth and I had a little chat when he got back from holiday and he has said he would fancy going to Liverpool. That's obviously a big setback to us, but the offer from Liverpool is just not acceptable.'

Meanwhile Curtis Davies, who I assume will count as our first summer signing after July 1st when his contract at the Baggies ends (?) says he would love Gareth Barry to stay at Villa. 'Gareth has been outstanding this last season - an England regular, one of the first names on the team-sheet, so you can't praise him highly enough. He is the captain, he leads by example and the way he plays on the pitch. We can't afford to lose the likes of those players but you never know what happens in football.'

Adding, 'For our ambitions as a club trying to move forward and getting into Europe, you really want to keep hold of those sort of players to kick on.'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 13 2008

Time: 1:59PM

Your Comments

I like Curtis Davies he speaks the truth and doesn't mess around. I loved him ever since he made his terrible debut when he had the balls to say how bad it was. We need more like him.
industrial_musical
I like Curtis Davies he speaks the truth and doesn't mess around. I loved him ever since he made his terrible debut when he had the balls to say how bad it was. We need more like him.
industrial_musical
Barry isn't going anywhere.
jonah
Barry isn't going anywhere.
jonah
Barry-Gate!
krisvilla
Barry-Gate!
krisvilla
Barry's been spotted in newcastle, he's in line to take keegan's job for a pie and a promise to get in champions league in 5 years time.
johnnyuk
Barry's been spotted in newcastle, he's in line to take keegan's job for a pie and a promise to get in champions league in 5 years time.
johnnyuk
LOL Torres looks set to leave for Chelsea....lol good move Gareth!
KSarge1
LOL Torres looks set to leave for Chelsea....lol good move Gareth!
KSarge1
i know chelsea come in for 40 million I think that would tempt liverpool
krisvilla
i know chelsea come in for 40 million I think that would tempt liverpool
krisvilla
Jonnah; Can I ask you a question? I have read your comments on here for while now, together with young yonah, I assume your related, anyway what makes you so sure that Barry is going nowhere, when the rest of civilization are convinced he is? Do you have evidence to back this claim? or are you so desperate to for him to stay you refuse to believe it?
gappy65
Jonnah; Can I ask you a question? I have read your comments on here for while now, together with young yonah, I assume your related, anyway what makes you so sure that Barry is going nowhere, when the rest of civilization are convinced he is? Do you have evidence to back this claim? or are you so desperate to for him to stay you refuse to believe it?
gappy65
I was thinking the same thing, why are you so convinced? Or is it because you think Villa will not sell Barry to Liverpool at any price because of principle? Wouldn't it be funny if Randy Lerner bought Liverpool, just for a laugh.
Villan-in-Cyprus
I was thinking the same thing, why are you so convinced? Or is it because you think Villa will not sell Barry to Liverpool at any price because of principle? Wouldn't it be funny if Randy Lerner bought Liverpool, just for a laugh.
Villan-in-Cyprus
I'll give you a reason - the scouse can't afford him. Why else would they offer 10m plus donkeys, or want 10m for Carson and 20m for Crouch?
tarzan
I'll give you a reason - the scouse can't afford him. Why else would they offer 10m plus donkeys, or want 10m for Carson and 20m for Crouch?
tarzan
Told you - read newsnow
tarzan
Told you - read newsnow
tarzan
Desperate? the day I get 'desperate' over any player will be the day I top myself mate.
jonah
Desperate? the day I get 'desperate' over any player will be the day I top myself mate.
jonah
My reason for posting Barry isn't going anywhere ad nauseum is simple. I have been totally amazed at the naivety of the masses that have believed every little newspaper article or snippet of rumour that has been published over the last few weeks. Everybody seemed to just assume that the club were going to lie down submissevely and let Liverpool walk all over us. Nobody gave the club any credit at all and they have proved everybody wrong in the way they have stood their ground. You all may think this is done and dusted, most of you did 3 weeks ago, but until Barry is rolled out for the cameras in a Liverpool shirt I will keep my faith in the club and their efforts to keep him.
jonah
My reason for posting Barry isn't going anywhere ad nauseum is simple. I have been totally amazed at the naivety of the masses that have believed every little newspaper article or snippet of rumour that has been published over the last few weeks. Everybody seemed to just assume that the club were going to lie down submissevely and let Liverpool walk all over us. Nobody gave the club any credit at all and they have proved everybody wrong in the way they have stood their ground. You all may think this is done and dusted, most of you did 3 weeks ago, but until Barry is rolled out for the cameras in a Liverpool shirt I will keep my faith in the club and their efforts to keep him.
jonah
Well you sound desperate! Even when confronted with quotes from Barry and MON you still fail to acknowledge Barry wants out!!! I agree some have been naive, but there has been a lot of quotes from Barry, Gerrard, Black and now MON himself. As you know Jonah a quote is a quote it is not a story. Also some of the quote were made on the BBC, not the Sun. So in my opinion the only way Barry will not sign for the scousers is if they cant generate the cash, which is a possibility but unlikly.
gappy65
Well you sound desperate! Even when confronted with quotes from Barry and MON you still fail to acknowledge Barry wants out!!! I agree some have been naive, but there has been a lot of quotes from Barry, Gerrard, Black and now MON himself. As you know Jonah a quote is a quote it is not a story. Also some of the quote were made on the BBC, not the Sun. So in my opinion the only way Barry will not sign for the scousers is if they cant generate the cash, which is a possibility but unlikly.
gappy65
Very disappointed to hear that Gareth would like to go to L'pool. I never thought he would. Owen and Gerard had the same quandry about three years ago. Owen went, Gerard stayed. I suspect Owen wished he'd stayed. Hope Barry doesn't make the same mistake that Owen made. If Barry does go, and good luck to him if he does, let's hope we select a captain that's got Villa in his blood - perhaps another Sir Dennis M -but where is he?
villacross
Very disappointed to hear that Gareth would like to go to L'pool. I never thought he would. Owen and Gerard had the same quandry about three years ago. Owen went, Gerard stayed. I suspect Owen wished he'd stayed. Hope Barry doesn't make the same mistake that Owen made. If Barry does go, and good luck to him if he does, let's hope we select a captain that's got Villa in his blood - perhaps another Sir Dennis M -but where is he?
villacross
Good luck to him? I hope his career AND Liverpool crash and burn.
Villan-in-Cyprus
Good luck to him? I hope his career AND Liverpool crash and burn.
Villan-in-Cyprus
Dont be such a prat gappy. Where, in anything I wrote above did I fail to acknowledge anything? Grow up FFS.
jonah
Dont be such a prat gappy. Where, in anything I wrote above did I fail to acknowledge anything? Grow up FFS.
jonah
Folks, please debate the points not the posters, or take it to pm if you want to sort out problems. I thank you...!
The Fear
Folks, please debate the points not the posters, or take it to pm if you want to sort out problems. I thank you...!
The Fear
I saw them rearranging the Gareth Barry display in the New St club shop this week. Proof surely?
VillaYamYam
I saw them rearranging the Gareth Barry display in the New St club shop this week. Proof surely?
VillaYamYam
rearranging no, removing yes.
jonah
rearranging no, removing yes.
jonah
I thought you had more about you jonah.... Prat and grow up!!!! Is that latin for your a bloody nice bloke gappy. he he he!! I must have struck a nerve jonah he he!!!! I asked you for evidence to back your claim. You failed to give it.... You then resorted to name calling... If you can't back your comments with articulate responses, then dont make the comments !!!!!
gappy65
I thought you had more about you jonah.... Prat and grow up!!!! Is that latin for your a bloody nice bloke gappy. he he he!! I must have struck a nerve jonah he he!!!! I asked you for evidence to back your claim. You failed to give it.... You then resorted to name calling... If you can't back your comments with articulate responses, then dont make the comments !!!!!
gappy65
gappy, I am honoured that my opinions mean so much to you mate. I am sorry if English isn't your second language, I will endeavour to post single syllable replies in future.
jonah
gappy, I am honoured that my opinions mean so much to you mate. I am sorry if English isn't your second language, I will endeavour to post single syllable replies in future.
jonah
Needless to say I meant to say isn't your first language...well, I *****ed that witty response up didn't I? hehe
jonah
Needless to say I meant to say isn't your first language...well, I *****ed that witty response up didn't I? hehe
jonah
Your replies are always welcome jonah. Please feel free to use as many syllable's as you need to drive your point home. I have a loose grasp of the English language. If I don't understand my daughter will always explain.
gappy65
Your replies are always welcome jonah. Please feel free to use as many syllable's as you need to drive your point home. I have a loose grasp of the English language. If I don't understand my daughter will always explain.
gappy65
Anyway Jonah; back to the original point of GB. My feelings are (and have been for a while) that he has had no intentions of staying at Villa. I would even go as far to say he may have been hatching this plan for 2 years. Every comment that has been made by GB in the closed season has made my opinion stronger. I dont want him to stay now. He has created his own monster, his possition has become untenable, if the scoucers back out he is totally f****d. IMHO he will have to be sold!!!
gappy65
Anyway Jonah; back to the original point of GB. My feelings are (and have been for a while) that he has had no intentions of staying at Villa. I would even go as far to say he may have been hatching this plan for 2 years. Every comment that has been made by GB in the closed season has made my opinion stronger. I dont want him to stay now. He has created his own monster, his possition has become untenable, if the scoucers back out he is totally f****d. IMHO he will have to be sold!!!
gappy65
Fine sell him but NOT to an English Premier League team.
Adam Deuce
Fine sell him but NOT to an English Premier League team.
Adam Deuce
gappy: I wouldn't necessarily disagree with your argument. My only point is that he hasn't signed for them yet. Villa are playing hardball over this and it could well be that it all falls to pieces yet. When we talk about players being linked to Villa we all say "I'll believe it when I see him in a Villa shirt" and I don't see that this situation is any different from that in principle. If he goes he goes and we will move on, but he hasn't gone yet is all I am saying.
jonah
gappy: I wouldn't necessarily disagree with your argument. My only point is that he hasn't signed for them yet. Villa are playing hardball over this and it could well be that it all falls to pieces yet. When we talk about players being linked to Villa we all say "I'll believe it when I see him in a Villa shirt" and I don't see that this situation is any different from that in principle. If he goes he goes and we will move on, but he hasn't gone yet is all I am saying.
jonah
can't wait for him to leave now.
industrial_musical
can't wait for him to leave now.
industrial_musical
I was listening to Martin during the Euro's and he was saying that " Barry does not want to stay and wants to go to Liverpool"
dazza71
I was listening to Martin during the Euro's and he was saying that " Barry does not want to stay and wants to go to Liverpool"
dazza71
Yes dazza, the other 10 million of us heard that too.
jonah
Yes dazza, the other 10 million of us heard that too.
jonah
If Barry was so keen to go he would have already have put in a transfer request. No-one can blame him for considering the option of sgning for a champions league club, and the loyalty he has shown villa for 10 years simply cannot be criticised. I don't want him to leave, he is a fantastic ambassador for Villa, and I would love him to see out his entire career at Villa Park.. Baryy isn't going anywhere!!
romanianvillain
If Barry was so keen to go he would have already have put in a transfer request. No-one can blame him for considering the option of sgning for a champions league club, and the loyalty he has shown villa for 10 years simply cannot be criticised. I don't want him to leave, he is a fantastic ambassador for Villa, and I would love him to see out his entire career at Villa Park.. Baryy isn't going anywhere!!
romanianvillain
I applaud Jonah for his stance. Disagree with him 100%, but at least he's stood fast in the belief that Gareth will be wearing the claret and blue come August.
glensider
I applaud Jonah for his stance. Disagree with him 100%, but at least he's stood fast in the belief that Gareth will be wearing the claret and blue come August.
glensider
Gareth made his feelings known pre-Wigan and post West Ham. He wants to go to Anfield. Whether they can afford him or not is another matter, but his heart is no longer at Brummagem B6.
glensider
Gareth made his feelings known pre-Wigan and post West Ham. He wants to go to Anfield. Whether they can afford him or not is another matter, but his heart is no longer at Brummagem B6.
glensider
 

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