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O'Neill Still Wants Gareth Barry To Stay At Villa

O'Neill Still Wants Gareth Barry To Stay At Villa

Martin O'Neill has not ruled out playing Gareth Barry in the crunch Intertoto Cup game with Odense BK this Saturday.

He says if the player is mentally right then 'why not'?

Speaking to AVTV Online O'Neill told 'I think that in terms of fitness the game on Tuesday will have brought him on. So if he's mentally tuned in and he wants to go and play, why not? Why shouldn't he be in contention for the game? He's a quality player and that's what we're looking for.'

He also talks of one of the longest running transfer saga's in the history of mankind (well,you know what I mean!) and admits he would still love the player to stay.

'Deep down we would all love him to stay at the football club. We haven't heard back from Liverpool for some time and we're not exactly sure where we all stand. When people say people are in limbo, I don't think that applies to anybody more than ourselves. We don't know whether to move forward or not with it. It's a long running saga and I wouldn't mind it ending one way or another. My preference - and hopefully I'm speaking for a lot of Villa fans, if not all of them - is that we would like Gareth to stay at the football club. That would be great because it will be hard to place him.'

Vital Villa asked, were the fans right to boo Gareth Barry at the Walsall game? 62% voted no. 33% yes and 5% weren't fussed either way. Related article: Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?

Maybe instead of booing we need to make our feelings known positively on Saturday and cheer him on and call for him to stay? Futile maybe but at least it would show the Villa fans in the right light in relation to this whole saga? Or am I just being naive?!

It appears the rules are such that Barry could play in the Inter and still be legible for the Champions League should he move clubs.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Time: 12:54PM


Was Stevie G' out of picture below Gareth in that third photo????
24/07/2008 12:59:00
I would play Barry in place of Petrov or Sidwell. However, if we do this what sort of message are we sending out to the players who want to stay?
24/07/2008 13:01:00
In all seriousness, for the good of AVFC I am sure that deep down everyone would want him to stay. People say that he isn't irreplaceable but I beg to differ. Everyone is used to playing in a set way with him in the team and we are nowhere near as good without him. It would take half a season to get used to playing in a different formation effectively. Can't think of anyone worth under 20 mil who would be as good.
24/07/2008 13:03:00
Over to you GB.
Mister Mick
24/07/2008 13:13:00
Cant think of anyone of his ability that would want to join us.
24/07/2008 13:14:00
Why wouldn`t we play him,Thats what we are paying him for.
24/07/2008 13:19:00
I think Barry leaving for Champions league aspirations isnt 100% true. I think if he had the choice of playing for Arsenal or stay at Villa I actually think he'd stay. I think Gerrard has really manipulated him and thats whats made his mind up. Agree with Villan444 for under 20million there are no players that can replace him. I think we shud show give him a good ovation this wkend, I was impressed at the way he clapped the Villa fans despite the booing against Walsall, fairplay
24/07/2008 13:20:00
I agree Mr Fear that we should get behind him. The booing last match made our feelings known to how he's behaved up to now, but if he were to feel like if we softened that approach he'd consider staying, then i'd say it's worth dropping our pride for. Either way if he stays, great, if he goes and we get 16m+ it's good business.
24/07/2008 13:31:00
I want him to play on Saturday, and I want him to stay at Villa. No doubt about either things, he adds quality to our team, and thats what its all about!
24/07/2008 13:38:00
LOL, Villan444 behave yourself!!!! 'look, no hands'!!!!
The Fear
24/07/2008 13:41:00
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