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Barry In, Barry Out. Anyone Still Bothered?

Barry In, Barry Out.  Anyone Still Bothered?

Not sure anyone can make a clear comment on this as, following a statement the other day saying that Gareth Barry was staying at Villa, it appears the England midfielder is still playing his face up and wants out.

Martin O'Neill said on the radio, sounding very fed up, and later on the official site:

'We had a meeting last Monday with Gareth and his agent at which we all agreed we would have a 5pm deadline on Wednesday and if Liverpool had not proved they had the wherewithal to proceed with the transfer deal then we would all leave that aside and move on. I was hoping that would be the case and this was not a matter of Liverpool missing the deadline by 15 minutes, as seems to have been reported. Liverpool first showed their interest in signing Gareth Barry almost four months ago, so this is not a case of missing a deadline by 15 minutes. That's simply not true. The following morning we were very upbeat on the strength of what had happened on Wednesday evening. We were very buoyant and optimistic that everything could come back to normal again.'

'That wasn't to be though. On Thursday there was a meeting between Gareth's agent, myself and the player. Even though the deadline had passed they still felt Liverpool were going to come in and do the deal. Obviously I was disappointed to hear that. Gareth's head is a bit all over the place at the moment and they asked for some more time.'

O'Neill concluded that he has 'reluctantly' agreed to let them sort it and and there is now no deadline and what is surely in anger and frustration added:

'There will be no deadline and Liverpool have all the time in the world now to sign Gareth Barry. They've got up to the normal window, which is the 31st of this month.'

Adding: 'I have a football club to run and I really do want people who want to play for us. If Liverpool at the end of it all do not come up with the money, that's no-one else's fault but their own. I'd be delighted if that was the case and Gareth stayed. But I would doubt that very much. The ball is very much in their court.'

Was behind Barry all the way, but now this saga has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, obviously the support we all gave him the other day meant nothing and he should be forced by the club to put in a transfer request officially.

Must admit I can't see how he'll be accepted back now but then, football is a funny old game and remember, we are all fickle.

Fans were mixed at Reading today, if they'd all know this before the game, I think there wouldn't have been as much of a mix though, most were singing his name and cheering, I'm sure that would have turned to jeers!

Personally if I was Barry I'd see that Liverpool don't rate him that highly, otherwise his transfer would have happened before Robbie Keanes. The grass isn't always greener on the other side but I hope Barry enjoys life on the bench, at least it will give him a nice view.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 2 2008
Time: 8:34PM


Now if he was a Twenty-Twenty cricketer would he run out to the Clash and "Should I Stay Now or Should I Go Now?"
02/08/2008 20:38:00
gone beyond a joke now, there are saga's and then there is this!
The Fear
02/08/2008 20:39:00
We have had only two choices since May guys! sell for what ever we can get or bury him in the reserves, WE don't need the money and the guy has become such an arse the temptation is to bury him. I think however we should just keep talking, and playing our contracted employee until Liverpool make an offer we accept. If he's cuptied for europe who cares, if he breaks an ankle in a freak tackle, who cares? He is our employee and if he doesn't tow the line, fine him.
02/08/2008 20:51:00
F**k him, he has had his olive branch and still wants to go. Oh and gareth if you want to go so bad hand in a transfer request, or are you not convinced stevie and rafa really want a 3 ball with you!
02/08/2008 20:52:00
This is what Brian Reade wrote about the Barry saga in the Mirror, "When Martin O'Neill left school he studied law at Queen's University in Belfast. As a player under Brian Clough he majored in grinding more skilful opponents into irrelevance. As Leicester's manager he negotiated an eight-week summer window which allowed him to talk to other clubs, meaning the final game of every season saw teary-eyed fans sporting "Please Stay Martin" placards. And when the Soho suits interviewed him for the England job he refused to lick dead slugs off their Hush Puppies, so they gave the job to someone who would, Steve McClaren. O'Neill has always marched to the beat of his own drum. At times he comes across as eccentric (remember him using screenwriter William Goldman's quote "nobody knows anything" during the 2006 World Cup as fellow BBC pundits spouted drivel?) And many think it's his eccentricity which has forced the Gareth Barry transfer saga to fatigue us to the brink of suicide. In the modern era, cynics say, you can't hold a player when his heart is set on a move to a bigger club. And they are probably right. Which O'Neill knows. But out of pride and obstinacy, the wannabe lawyer has decided to filibuster. To take a stand. To invent a new strategy to fend off predators hovering over your star player. It goes like this: Publicly denigrate the reputation of the bigger club who are after your man, go on holiday (or on the telly) and ignore the player's pleas to be set free, demand an over-the-top transfer fee, stick rigidly to it, and set a deadline a month before the end of the transfer window. When the pursuers finally come up with the cash, change the rules at the last minute about how you want it paid so they miss that deadline, announce you're delighted the player is staying then pray you have so drained the life out of all parties that the deal is dead. It's called Boring A Transfer To Death. It may have Barry and Rafa Benitez tearing their hair out and it may backfire badly on O'Neill, but by refusing to yield to player power and Big Four power, he has done the game a favour. He knows he's lost Barry and probably lost him this summer. But he's throwing down the gauntlet to clubs who think that next time they'll lure away Ashley Young or Gabriel Agbonlahor. Take me on and I'll fight you all the way, screw up your summer and hopefully grind you into submission. Many Villa fans say he should accept the situation, take the money and get a few new faces in. But they overlook the point he's making about the size of their club. He's saying he's not at Leicester now. He doesn't need to sell to buy, and doesn't feel it's his duty to allow a player to move to a big club because they are already at one. Those Liverpool fans who think he's acting like a mad bag lady should ask themselves this: How would you have felt if Chelsea had followed up their interest in Fernando Torres and bid £50million, with the Spaniard (and the American board) being tempted? Would you have wanted Benitez to roll over and wave him goodbye? Or say OK, it's £70m, paid up front in cash, plus Shaun Wright-Phillips. Nothing less. Then brazened it out in the hope that Chelsea grew weary and looked somewhere else. I think we know the answer. Boring A Transfer To Death. Like garlic bread, it's the future. He's probably lost Barry, but O'Neill is throwing down the gauntlet to clubs who think they'll get Young or Agbonlahor." Judging by what happened in the past few days I agree with him.
02/08/2008 20:55:00
***** off then you ungrateful *****er.
02/08/2008 21:07:00
Are you single by any chance.
02/08/2008 21:11:00
Im referring to JohnDoe.
02/08/2008 21:13:00
Blimey, John Doe i beleive your pool fan?, however i like your way of thinking, if this is the case then fairplay to MON. I personally think Ash Young is a far more effective player than GB, and would be devasted to loose him. So for us to play hard ball and get what we want i agree will send out a message to the supposed big 4. When we rolled over and let man u steal yorkie of us was a dark day in villa history, its about time the villas, spurs, evertons stood up to the big 4, and made it a top 8.
02/08/2008 21:13:00
I feel sorry for MON, as he has clearly been messed about by Barry, or more specifically Barry's agent! I think he now realises that Barry will be gone sometime soon, so now needs to concentrate on finding a replacement, which is easier said than done...
02/08/2008 21:17:00
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