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Villa Boss Speaks on the Barry Saga

Villa Boss Speaks on the Barry Saga

Martin O`Neill has admitted that both he and chairman Randy Lerner were 'surprised` by the comments reportedly given to the News of the World by Gareth Barry this weekend.

As previously reported on Vital Villa, Barry has made a number of comments in the National Newspaper suggesting that he has been completely without contact, incentives or reasoning to stay on at Villa Park, and that any further attempt to stay on in Birmingham would be "pointless."

The story from the other side somewhat paints an alternative story. have conviently run an article just as Martin O`Neill seemingly dithered live on BBC television (think he was struggling to find words) and fires back a somewhat strong response, without resorting to the Patrik Berger style "he`s not playing for Aston Villa again" promise. A number of Vital Villa members suggested that the midfielders original comments, were somewhat timed to coincide with his managers' punditry for BBC One.

Speaking to O`Neill said:

"My chairman and I were surprised with the comments attributed to Gareth Barry in his exclusive interview with a national newspaper today.

"Contrary to what was reported, we desperately wanted to keep Gareth at Villa Park and he knows that.

"We asked both Gareth and his agent to consider what had been discussed at our meeting which included a variety of options to incentivise the player."

He added yet another subtle hint to the Liverpool manager, that offering the right sort of cash will see them acquire what seems to be their #1 target of the summer, the poor souls!

"We have made our position clear in respect of Liverpool's interest in the captain of our club but if Liverpool meet our valuation then Gareth Barry will get his express wish to leave Villa Park."

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

Date:Sunday June 29 2008
Time: 7:45PM


On the 30th August `when` Barry returns to VP we should all go to Aston park and burn our GB shirts on 1 big bonfire! I hope he pi$$es off up the M6, sits on Liverpools bench for 24months and miss out on a world cup squad place. In the mean time Villa march on and take 4th place! Also the tw*t that is Rafa Benitez will be out once DIC takeover. Will the new manager fancy GB? Could Rafa get the Spain job if their 70year old manager packs in?
29/06/2008 21:44:00
Not bitter then?
29/06/2008 21:53:00
not much!!! I would not like to be him coming to VP for the rest of his carear. He had the chance to join paul mcgrath as a villa legend. No he joins Dwight Yorke as a former player who is not welcome at VP.
29/06/2008 21:58:00
I hardly call that bit at the end 'subtle'. It seems the end of this increasingly boring story should be approaching at last. Instead of being bitter though, try and put it in a positive light - If he goes, you'll be up to 20mill richer, and surely Mr Lerner will shunt this right back into your transfer kitty? That'll get you a couple of quality players if MON can uncover a couple of his gems. And before you yell at me, yes I am a Liverpool fan and all I can say is this is the attitude I tried hard to take when it looked like Gerrard was joining Chavski - 35mill would have been a dream. As it is I'm glad he's stayed, but it's not like we were (or you are) getting robbed.
29/06/2008 22:04:00
The trouble is my friend Liverpool do not have any cash, they are struggling to borrow the money for the new stadium, and they even want the Crouch offer from Portsmouth as cash up front. If you can find 15-20 million then fine otherwise I feel Gareth will be staying but will find increased compettiion for his place. Unlike Liverpool we don't need to sell anyone to buy players and we have plenty of money.
29/06/2008 22:18:00
Has he handed in a transfer request yet or is he still clutching at his 'loyalty' bonus? Surely his comments count as a request. If he isn't prepared to sacrifice his bonus and hand in a proper request then he can't expect the club to bend over for him regarding the transfer fee. t*sser
29/06/2008 22:43:00
I don't see why Barry's getting so worked up. Nobody's had a bid accepted for him and he's not handed in a transfer request. Therefore, he's running his mouth of in the press for no apparant reason. Why should MO'N speak to him about his future, he's got a contract. He may as well speak to all of the other players about their future too if this is the case, Barry's in essentially the same boat as the whole squad.
29/06/2008 23:48:00
The long and short of this saga is that we're not desperate to sell and the Anfield transfer kitty ain't that impressive. If Gillette and Hicks cough up 18million and Pool they can have him. If they can't, tough: Gareth will return to VP and have to fight for his place against the likes of Sidwell and maybe even Bentley. No chance of him wearing the captain's armband. He might even find himself sulking on the bench for the next two years...hardly the best situation for a player aiming for the England world cup squad.
30/06/2008 00:03:00
Fairly obvious then. We have made a valuation of an asset and it's up to the people who want to buy that asset as to whether they can afford it or think he is worth it. I just hope that if the valuation is not met and he stays with us we keep seeing some fine performances.
30/06/2008 04:49:00
The bin dippers won't pay more than 12m end of! In the words of Tom Jones, it's not their problem if our captain wants to leave!
30/06/2008 07:04:00
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