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Liverpool Legend Says Barry Doesn't Need To Move

There was an interesting report yesterday in the Birmingham Post by Rob Tanner which quotes former Liverpool legend John Barnes as saying Gareth Barry doesn't need to move from Villa in order to realise his Champions League dream or to cement his place in the England team.

The former England star says it was different in his day and he had to make the move from Watford to Anfield to push his credentials, however he feels that Barry can do all he wants in his career at Villa.

He explains that the Watford fans knew he had to be sold but adds 'Aston Villa is a much bigger club than Watford and have Champions League aspirations, so it is a much more difficult decision for Gareth than it was for me. On the plus side, money talks these days. Watford may have said they didn’t need the 900,000 Liverpool paid for me and they wanted me to stay, I would have been happy to stay. In the current climate, everyone has their price in modern football. Villa may be an ambitious club and they would like to keep Gareth Barry but if Liverpool offer 50 million, are they going to take it? Probably.'

He says it is now up to Villa if they accept a suitable bid, if not he is sure that Gareth Barry, being the professional he is, will stay at Villa and do his job and adds 'He has already got England recognition from playing for Villa and he doesn’t need to leave Villa to play for England regularly. By the same token, Villa are looking to break into the top four. They nearly did it last year and will feel they can push on and finish in the top four this time, and qualify for the Champions League.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 19 2008

Time: 11:04AM

Your Comments

I hope Barry stays with you and we keep Alonso, did you see his performance last night! It was a masterclass
Eusebio
I hope Barry stays with you and we keep Alonso, did you see his performance last night! It was a masterclass
Eusebio
Always liked Barnes, the man speaks sense... but for 20m i want rid of him given his heart isnt in it anymore
shortshadyuk
Always liked Barnes, the man speaks sense... but for 20m i want rid of him given his heart isnt in it anymore
shortshadyuk
You got to hold and give but do it at the right time,You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line,They`ll always hit you and hurt you defend and attack,theres only one way to beat thats go round the back,So catch me if you can cause im the england man..................
british84
You got to hold and give but do it at the right time,You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line,They`ll always hit you and hurt you defend and attack,theres only one way to beat thats go round the back,So catch me if you can cause im the england man..................
british84
I still hope Barry will stay. He's a model professional and a Villa Park legend. If he stays all will be forgotten as we know he'll play his heart out for the club.
Cubos
I still hope Barry will stay. He's a model professional and a Villa Park legend. If he stays all will be forgotten as we know he'll play his heart out for the club.
Cubos
Alonso's performance against GREECE, yeah saw that, though im sure Salifou would have shone against them.
mackaavfc
Alonso's performance against GREECE, yeah saw that, though im sure Salifou would have shone against them.
mackaavfc
Is this the start of ex-pros buttering us up for Barry staying ala the Gerrard to Chelsea escapade. I would welcome it but can't see it happening.
Villan444
Is this the start of ex-pros buttering us up for Barry staying ala the Gerrard to Chelsea escapade. I would welcome it but can't see it happening.
Villan444
This stunned me when i read it this morning. He is the first to come out and say that maybe it wouldn't be in his his best interests to join Liverpool. AND to come from an ex-pool player at that. At least someone can see sense.
steako
This stunned me when i read it this morning. He is the first to come out and say that maybe it wouldn't be in his his best interests to join Liverpool. AND to come from an ex-pool player at that. At least someone can see sense.
steako
Sod this, why don't we just buy gerrard?
romanianvillain
Sod this, why don't we just buy gerrard?
romanianvillain
i'd rather buy reina.
industrial_musical
i'd rather buy reina.
industrial_musical
has no body ever applied for a job elsewhere, been unsuccessful in the application and then glad they stayed where they were? Footballers are seen as different types of people. They are just the same as us. Problem is that Liverpuddle wanted a player they cannot afford. One of their less brain gifted sons said some silly things in the press and the whole thing gets hyped. Hope he stays and remains captain. His heart will be in the same place next year as this.
Gordonsleftboot
has no body ever applied for a job elsewhere, been unsuccessful in the application and then glad they stayed where they were? Footballers are seen as different types of people. They are just the same as us. Problem is that Liverpuddle wanted a player they cannot afford. One of their less brain gifted sons said some silly things in the press and the whole thing gets hyped. Hope he stays and remains captain. His heart will be in the same place next year as this.
Gordonsleftboot
Gerrard needs to shut up and let players make their own decisions remember him telling Michael Owen the kop were singing his name ! He has shown a total lack of respect to our club and this after cheating us at Villa Park last season !! Shame the JB article was not in the tabloids. There is no doubt we will have a better side with GB in it but I think this has gone to far now and he will leave. Fair play to John Barnes he can see what we are building at Villa.
scoops
Gerrard needs to shut up and let players make their own decisions remember him telling Michael Owen the kop were singing his name ! He has shown a total lack of respect to our club and this after cheating us at Villa Park last season !! Shame the JB article was not in the tabloids. There is no doubt we will have a better side with GB in it but I think this has gone to far now and he will leave. Fair play to John Barnes he can see what we are building at Villa.
scoops
Scoops, i very much doubt this story would make the tabloids because it doesn't favour Liverpool. You wont see anything that favours a non top 4 team over a top 4 team go to press.
steako
Scoops, i very much doubt this story would make the tabloids because it doesn't favour Liverpool. You wont see anything that favours a non top 4 team over a top 4 team go to press.
steako
He's made his mind up he wants to leave now, so take the 20 million and buy two or three good players.
dazza71
He's made his mind up he wants to leave now, so take the 20 million and buy two or three good players.
dazza71
agreed Steako !
scoops
agreed Steako !
scoops
I don't think Barry has really put a foot wrong in this whole saga. he certainly hasn't burnt his bridges at villa, and just because he would consider a move elsewhere doesn't make him a judas, or greedy, or even disloyal. I really do think he's gonna be at VP next season, playing alongside Sidwell and a few other new names on the teamsheet.
romanianvillain
I don't think Barry has really put a foot wrong in this whole saga. he certainly hasn't burnt his bridges at villa, and just because he would consider a move elsewhere doesn't make him a judas, or greedy, or even disloyal. I really do think he's gonna be at VP next season, playing alongside Sidwell and a few other new names on the teamsheet.
romanianvillain
Barry hasn't put a foot wrong?!? So the story was leaked to the press how, exactly? He wants off and has been trying to engineer a move for some time, it would appear.
The Real Neil
Barry hasn't put a foot wrong?!? So the story was leaked to the press how, exactly? He wants off and has been trying to engineer a move for some time, it would appear.
The Real Neil
I helped John Barnes when he slipped on some ice on his drive once. He's a pretty nice feller, all in all. Gareth Barry leaving? I'm not sure.
lorenzo
I helped John Barnes when he slipped on some ice on his drive once. He's a pretty nice feller, all in all. Gareth Barry leaving? I'm not sure.
lorenzo
Barry should go. Don't like him anymore. simple.
industrial_musical
Barry should go. Don't like him anymore. simple.
industrial_musical
How MASSIVE has John Barnes got these days? He's a right porker!! Good words from him though. Cheers JB.
Adam Deuce
How MASSIVE has John Barnes got these days? He's a right porker!! Good words from him though. Cheers JB.
Adam Deuce
cheers barnsey - legend.
Stig
cheers barnsey - legend.
Stig
lol does anyone remember GT saying Barnes was great but couldnt head the ball then JB knocked us out the cup with a diving header !! I can laugh about it now but was painful at the time .
scoops
lol does anyone remember GT saying Barnes was great but couldnt head the ball then JB knocked us out the cup with a diving header !! I can laugh about it now but was painful at the time .
scoops
Sense spoken by John Barnes. He knows it, we know it, but sadly Gareth has had his head turned. Its a move that Gareth may well come to regret.
glensider
Sense spoken by John Barnes. He knows it, we know it, but sadly Gareth has had his head turned. Its a move that Gareth may well come to regret.
glensider
20m for GB though would be a good deal for the club. Just hope MON doesn't accept the likes of Carson, Crouch, or Pennant as makeweights.
glensider
20m for GB though would be a good deal for the club. Just hope MON doesn't accept the likes of Carson, Crouch, or Pennant as makeweights.
glensider
Can we get something straight please. Barry is NOT a legend. Yet. If he was at a small club, like Birmingham or West Brom etc, then yes he probably would be. But folkes, THIS IS WORLD FAMOUS VILLA PARK! Take a look through our history, Barry is a nobody in comparison with some of the greats who have had the privelige to wear the claret and blue. I agree he has the potential to become a legend, but in case you didn't notice from the various online polls etc, Barry's not exactly the most popular bloke at the moment is he? I wouldn't exactly call that 'Legend' status, would you?
Villan-in-Cyprus
Can we get something straight please. Barry is NOT a legend. Yet. If he was at a small club, like Birmingham or West Brom etc, then yes he probably would be. But folkes, THIS IS WORLD FAMOUS VILLA PARK! Take a look through our history, Barry is a nobody in comparison with some of the greats who have had the privelige to wear the claret and blue. I agree he has the potential to become a legend, but in case you didn't notice from the various online polls etc, Barry's not exactly the most popular bloke at the moment is he? I wouldn't exactly call that 'Legend' status, would you?
Villan-in-Cyprus
 

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