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The Sunday Aston Villa Press Talk Round Up!

Looks like another slow news day for the press concerning Villa!

The News of the World claim that Liverpool are about to abandon the long running Gareth Barry saga and will instead spend the money on Spurs striker Robbie Keane. If those reports are true the only other known interested party could be Arsenal and Arsene Wenger doesn't usually spend such vast sums of money! Barry was left in no uncertain doubt yesterday by the fans at Villa Park that he would be more than welcome to stay as the Sunday Mercury and other papers picked up on. They report that Martin O'Neill has once again urged Barry to stay where he is wanted and indeed hero worshipped!

They say: Barry appeared to make peace with his manager and the Villa crowd as O'Neill's men progressed into the UEFA Cup with victory over Odense.

I know the ladies who sit behind me yesterday, along with me and a few others gestured over to him whilst on the bench as he tried to look away from the numerous photographers taking snaps of him. He noticed, smiled and stuck his thumbs up. He must have been expecting the reception from hell yesterday, he got the opposite, even in this money mad world that surely must have meant something to a player who had been at Villa Park for 10 years? It will certainly have been a boost for the rest of the team as well as they have now seen what a class act the claret and blue army is. Hopefully a few prospective new signings will also have taken note!

The Sunday Telegraph also pick up on the Barry story and quote Martin O'Neill 'We don't want him to go. The price we are asking for Gareth Barry is a true and realistic price for a player so good, and really cheap for a quality player. Please don't read into that anything else. I don't want him to go. Liverpool not answering us for a week on certain things sends out a real message. This player has been great at Villa for 10 years and the crowd came out very strongly in his favour. We need Gareth Barry at the club.'

The Sunday Mercury also report that Steve Sidwell wants to emulate David Platt (and Gareth Barry surely?!) but using the claret and blue as a springboard to wearing The Three Lions.

And that appears to be that. One whisper on our forum is that Curtis Davies might be back in time to play a part in the Reading friendly next Saturday, now that would be a boost, as Reza (a member of Vital Villa and the dude who runs the South African Villa fans association) said ok....Freddie gets injured...unfortunately...and we don't have left back cover.....now unless we make a hurried and forced left back purchase......which is what we needed anyway.......Gareth is the only recognised left back so to speak.. watch this space mate....Freddie's misfortune might well lead to MON being quoted from Monday saying 'we need Barry more than ever'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 27 2008

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

Slow day in the pressroom slower day in the transfer market.
col8
I hope he stays, Barry was a class act yesterday, and kept his head when everyone seemed to lose it a little. Easily man of the match for me. When Young did the post match interview he called Barry "the skip" so you can see how important he is to the younger lads.
Tez86
Not been that great a summer for links and gossip really!
The Fear
John Carew has said that he thinks the chances of Gareth Barry staying are 50-50. "We all hope Gareth stays because he is such an amazing player and I definitely do because I really enjoy playing with him. The fans certainly could not have done any more." Glad one of the players have picked up on the role the fans played yesterday, it must have buoyed Barry to see the faith we put in him surely?
The Fear
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The Fear
Yeah, when Barry was warming up the applause began but a few boos crept in when he didn't acknowledge the fans' cheers. As soon as he responded with a nod and a clap the standing ovation took full effect.
Villan444
I was at Global Gathering in Startford this weekend so missd the game but managed to get regular text updates from a mate. So pleased about a) the result and b) the reaction to Barry. I said all a long that he was going nowhere. I'm rarely wrong!!!! ;)
Adam Deuce
You could still be very wrong on him not going anywhere this summer Adam Deuce. Until he comes out and actually states that he's remaining at B6, I wouldn't get your hopes up too much. I know though where you're coming from. Without Barry we'll be left with a threadbare squad, one looking very ill-equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations that the upcoming campaign looks certain to throw up. Get signing Mart!! Action please!!
glensider
agree with glensider on signings but quality rather than quantity is what MON is looking for...........well i hope so anyway?
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