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Delaney Attempts Peacemaker Role

Delaney Attempts Peacemaker Role

Mark Delaney has tried to calm the unrest surrounding the Gareth Barry debacle, by attempting to get fans to see it from a players point of view.

Apologies to those who thought I meant he was off to Afganistan.

Former right back (remember one of them) and current voluntary Academy coach has said it would be 'crazy' for Barry to turn down repetative and persistent advances from the Scouses.

Speaking to the Mail, the 32 year old said:

"Gareth is the 'main man` at Aston Villa and has been for some time.

"He is definitely a top-four player and is definitely an England regular. He has been Villa`s best player for the last four or five years and I am surprised it has taken this long for a big club to come along.

"When that knock on the door arrived it was Liverpool and they are an unbelievable club.'

It's fair to take the point that Barry has been one of our most consistent players over the last few years, but I'd disagree on best player.

We also need to remember a few seasons back there was a caste iron offer from Pompey, and most likely a very acceptable one given the previous regime - yet Barry stayed.

Like it or loathe it, although personally I don't see Liverpool as a step up in the way I'd consider Arse, Chelsea or Man U to be a step up given the potential for our growth, they will be in the Champions League, and it's likely we won't be for at least the next two seasons.

"I have not spoken to Gareth but he will be 28 in February. These are his 'twilight` years. If he goes he will win trophies and if he doesn`t go it will be crazy for his career.

"He has to give it a go. If he can`t go the opportunity may never arise again. Liverpool might not ask again.

"He has to grasp this with both hands. This choice is Champions League and England with Liverpool or the InterToto with Villa."

Really I think that should read Champions League/bench warming and England with Liverpool or England and the Intertwobob this season with Villa - but maybe it's me.

"Martin O`Neill knows Liverpool are a bigger club than Villa. It hurts me to say that as a Villa supporter through-and-through. The club mean a hell of a lot to me. If he (O`Neill) didn`t say he would have done the same as a player he would be lying. Anyone would.'

I'm not sure, I remember Nottingham Forest being quite successful themselves. But yes Liverpool are a bigger club than us at the moment, living on historic reputation rather than true recent successes - although obviously their cabinet is a bit fuller than ours over the last decade.

Doesn't mean it will be the same over the next 24 months does it?

"Randy Lerner could probably match what Liverpool offer Gareth in terms of wages but this is not about money.

"And the reason Martin has probably reacted like he has is that he knows Gareth will be hard to replace.

"It is unfortunate for Villa but these things happen."

If it's not about money then where is the transfer request, and the public announcement explaining to the fans his feelings?

"Gareth has been as loyal as any Villa player. The thing is, I cannot see them breaking the top four in his time.

"They exceeded all expectations last season. But can they do it again? I don`t know.

"If Gareth has a bad season in terms of form, or he gets injured, then there is no way Villa will get £18million.

"He loves Villa, as I do, but for his career this is the right move."

I don't know if we can, but what is a better bet is can a struggling Liverpool who were less than convincing in most games last season hold off the emergence of the likes of Villa, Pompey, Everton, a resurgent Spurs, a non imploding Man City and keep fourth spot themselves next season.

11 points difference between Liverpool and Everton, and 16 between us and them - that's only a few games, a few wins and how many did we throw away last season!

The gap is not as big as some would hope.

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

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
Time: 3:44PM


Shut up Delaney another Villa player i thought a lot of and not any more what is it with these ex players, keep ur mouths shut unless its positive. Liverpool ARE NOT BIGGER THAN US ONLY MAN UTD AND ARSENAL ARE IN THIS COUNTRY.
01/07/2008 15:53:00
what are u on about delaney. Not all players would give up playin for a club they are worshiped at and are the current captain after being there for 10 years. Also it is the club that has given him first team football and cemented his place as a first team regular in the England squad. Villa are moving in the right direction and Barry knows exactly what MON is tryin 2 do here, how can anyone condone his comments 2 the press about O'Neil.. the man that was fundamental to getting him in the England team and has only ever spoke of him in the highest regard. I along with many other fans think this is a mistake and Delaney I thought you had a bit more class and common sense than this!!
01/07/2008 16:03:00
The gap isnt that big, and when you think they stole 3 points from us at Villa Park and a point at Anfield last season thats 3 points they clawed from us. If they hadnt got their late goals in them matches, we would have been 10 points behind. If we beat them next season thats 6 points won by us, 6 points dropped by them, that take the gap to 4 points, its that simple!!
01/07/2008 16:07:00
Disappointing we really don't need another opinion on this. As diplomatic as delaney is trying be, he is treading on thin ground as we still employ him (as a youth coach altho not sure). Not too sure how many other businesses would tolerate their employees advising their best assets to leave.
01/07/2008 16:07:00
Hang on here I can see why Liverpool might look like a step up but to say that if Barry goes there he will win trophys is madness they are not in the same class as Chelsea, Man U or Arsenal and so as long as they are around and Liverpool still think of themselfs as A TOP 4 TEAM ON THE SAME LEVEL AS CHELSEA, MAN U AND ARSENAL THEY WILL KEEP GOING BACKWARDS we know we have to advance and so thats our aim but the pool aim to high and keep failing if the pool win a major trophy next season I will eat my hat.
Tallaght Villan
01/07/2008 16:32:00
So it's ok to slag off the manager is it? I always quite liked Delaney as a defender but thats the worst effort of defending a buddy i've heard. I think it said ,more about Delaney than anything else. We looked after him during his injuries and now he's on the pay roll as a coach. Mr delaney has just shown the same loyalty as GB. Please feel free to leave by the back door.
Mister Mick
01/07/2008 16:53:00
Come on guys, get real; Liverpool are a bigger club than us in every possible sense... sure we didn't finish a million miles away in the league but they played their reserves in most Prem matches! I think Barry is a total d**k for bleeting to the press, and i'm pretty gutted that he's going, but you can't blame the guy for wanting to leave.. I think Delaney's being fair enough to be honest.
01/07/2008 16:57:00
This is all about how Barry and the scousers have handled the situation. We do understand the allure of the Champions League. We do not understand badmouthing the manager and running to the tabloids. It seems quite clear to most that Liverplop don't have the cash and need to sell Alonso to get Barry. Gareth should see this, shut up, and be patient. But he hasn't and has shown himself to be a bit of a prat.
01/07/2008 17:34:00
As seems as he works for villa perhaps he should keep his sheep shagging mouth shut.I have no problem at all with barry leaving especially for 18 million ,its the way he has gone about it that *****es me off. ie slagging off the The club and the manager who got him back into the england setup in the newspapers.Instead of being respectful about it ie mellberg.
01/07/2008 17:45:00
Mark Delaney has COMPLETELY missed the point. Most realistic Villa fans are not angry with Barry because he wants to leave Villa Park - for whatever reason, sound logic or not. We are angry (very, very angry) because of the continual and worsening attempts to manipulate a move away from Villa park whilst (a) not being honest enough to put in a transfer request. (b) still expecting his 'loyalty' bonus (ha!), and (c) dragging our club through the gutter (press). Get real, Mr Delaney - we aren't stupid, we just expect people (and especially those with more money than they can shake a stick at) to act with a modicum of dignity, honest and integrity - and not to treat us like idiots.
01/07/2008 17:51:00
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