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Oh Gareth What Have You Done?

Oh Gareth What Have You Done?

It seems that Martin O`Neill hasn`t really spoken to Gareth Barry much, and naturally our club captain has reacted in a graceful, mature and dignified manner as usual.

Actually, no he hasn`t, he`s gone bleating to press.

A "furious" Gareth Barry has now broken off from his summer holiday to speak with the News of the World about the lack of communication between himself and Villa boss Martin O`neill, over the Liverpool transfer saga.

In a move that clearly sets the perfect example of how not to behave as a £40,000 a week footballer, Barry has done some tapping up of himself, whilst at the asme time alienating what few fans were still hanging onto that hope that he`d turn around and commit himself to the Villa Park cause.

It appears that once picked for England, and Rafa Benitez said he was interested, Mr Barry`s head had been turned from regular run-of-the-mill Villa star, to some form of superstar status usually seen by lesser team squad members who have attracted the interest of Chelsea (Ben Haim, Wright Phillips and Steve Sidwell, here`s looking at you kids!)

Barry told the paper:

"It`s seven weeks now since the season finished but while the gaffer`s found time to be a pundit for the BBC at Euro 2008, he hasn`t found the time to speak to me.

"But have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park not Anfield? Not a thing."

Why should we offer you anything Gareth? You were already one of the highest paid players in the club and had what could be described as a fairly bog-standard season. You haven`t proved to be that star that your ego seems to have inflated ever since you managed to pick up the captains armband for England, lasting a whopping 20 minutes as Capello & Co. faced the international footballing powerhouses that are Trinidad & Tobago.

"Unfortunately, it`s now too late. It`s all pointless. I want to go and that`s it."

Good, get your bags packed sunshine, as soon as Liverpool stump up some real cash, you can be on your way. Just don`t dare attempt to claim that you have been "misquoted" by the newspapers eh?

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

Date:Sunday June 29 2008
Time: 2:08PM


Let him go, he will be the one who will regret it in the seasons to come.
29/06/2008 14:12:00
Yes. Let him have his wish and go. Its crystal clear that he wants to leave. Accept 15 + mil and let him talk to the scouse. Before any more damage is done
29/06/2008 14:24:00
He says seven weeks since end of season and 'gaffer' not spoken to him.... I recall a meeting he supposedly had in the begining of June with MON and RL. He said originally 'untill a bid is accepted I have no decision to make' Well no bids been accepted but you have made a decision - LIAR BARRY! Why would MON ring the agent saying he would ring Barry then not do it? It's lies from someone and I finger the agent in all of this. A last ditch attempt to get away as Plop have made it clear they will need meet our valuation. If you're that desperate Gob*****e put in a written request and wave good bye to you bung!
29/06/2008 14:29:00
assuming its true
29/06/2008 14:30:00
29/06/2008 14:31:00
oh gareth, looks like you will be warming our bench or liverpools now, why dont you donate some of your own cash to liverpool if you are that desperate to leave, then perhaps they will be able to bid an acceptable amount for your services
29/06/2008 14:42:00
I think I've said this on five different forums (forae?) so far. This appears to be Scouseland "divide and conquer" tactics. Think about Gareth Barry and the way he has conducted himself in the past - this report is so far out of character I don't believe the interview ever happened! Because of the newsworthiness of the story, it has been picked up by all and sundry and reported as FACT. I could be wrong of course but the fact still remains that he's contracted to Villa and until the club accept a bid for him, he'll remain at Villa. Nothing's changed. Just mind you don't get hit by a red rattle flying out of the pram!
29/06/2008 14:49:00
oops - bridges burnt and all that!
29/06/2008 14:52:00
we could allways keep him and make him honor his contract ... if liverpool dont want to pay what he is worth then we should keep him for two years and then let him go for free it will cost us big money to replace him . and if he doesnt play 100% for us he wont get a game for the mighty ENGLAND .. well that one option anyway i think what he is doing is forcing the gaffa into selling him
29/06/2008 14:55:00
It shows once again that footballers, however talented, seem to be bears of very little brain. Biting the hand that feeds him before he has another to do the same, is stupid in the extreme. Plus there is no guarrantee that Benitez will match, or come near matching, MON's valuation of the player so he may not end up at Liverpool at all. With Lampard reportedly going would GB go to Chelski, I wonder? Or is it the scousers or nothing for him? In which case it may be nothing. How sad.
29/06/2008 14:58:00
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