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Barry Urged To Stay By Melly

Barry Urged To Stay By Melly

Olof Mellberg has urged Villa to keep hold of Gareth Barry and if you read between the lines Melly is also attempting to remind Gareth that MON has stuck to the promises already made.

We've been through this on the forum, what was Barry promised when he decided to stay when Pompey were interested and O'Neill first joined the club.

England regular, Europe and a club builing towards breaking the top 4 and the Champions League.

Even the most cynical of fans cannot deny those promises have been met.

So many are left wondering why Barry doesn't give us that 'extra' season to see what happens before deciding he wants to sit on the bench of another club and gain the odd Champions League run out.

On Wednesday we all know about the 'Deadline' statement, yet it appears Barry and his agent despite agreeing initially to it, still want Liverpool to have more time.

Liverpool, despite a few unsourced reports in the press, have stayed remarkably quiet of late - to their credit this time.

After the barrage Liverpool have taken over their behaviour during this stance, it's interesting to see that the few unsourced reports about the 15 min late bid etc (furiously denied by the club and never officially commented on by Liverpool) have enough of an air of 'journalistic licence' to create a new story about them to give you doubt that Liverpool were to blame on that score.

What it all means, even though I think we accept Liverpool have been in enough contact with the agent to get round the deadline, that the buck squarely passes to Gareth Barry's shoulders now.

It is Barry who wants Liverpool to have more time - it's not Liverpool asking for more time, they have stuck to the deadline agreement made with O'Neill.

Is this Liverpool's attempt to save some face?

Is this also, the first step of two where Barry is forced to officially ask for a transfer? I can't see Martin O'Neill letting Liverpool come in for him again in a fortnight's time without saying I'll not accept unless you specifically ask me to and waive your 10% share.

If Barry wanted Liverpool to have more time, he should have been man enough to break the deadline agreement with a written transfer request. It's possible he has done to be honest, but if he has I find it surprising it hasn't been reported by the club.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, Mellberg agrees with most fans in the intimation that a move to Liverpool given the squad rotation may not make his career as he hopes, but in fact break it.

Will an unloved (Liverpool fans admit Rafa isn't into man management so won't hold hands), hardly playing Gareth Barry be able to keep the form of last season and keep up his England form, or will we see the Gareth Barry form that had John Gregory say 'he needs to get his shorts dirty more often' or words to that effect.

I know what I'd put money on, and Gareth would do well to consider whether he wants 'squad' medals simply because he's on the list or whether he'd feel better earning what he wins.

'He has done really well for quite a few seasons now so he is an important and good player so it is always important, especially at this stage, for Villa to keep their best players.

"Well I don`t really know what has happened, I have tried to follow it on the website so he was obviously very close to a move to Liverpool.

"It is difficult for me to know his feelings and we will see where Villa are going as well.

"They had a good season last season and hopefully they can build on that and be challenging up there and if he will be part of that, obviously that will be good for him and Villa.'

Mellberg also doesn't believe that the bridges have been burnt too far for Barry to be an integral member of the team should his wanted move not come off.

"I don`t think it is a problem in that sense, he is a professional and well liked in the dressing room, and you know by the fans and the people in and around the club as well."

Question is Melly 'is he?' after being the impetus for breaking the deadline agreement? We know O'Neill will give players second chances, but surely this would count as a third chance and we all know what happened to Gobby Berger on his 3rd strike.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday August 3 2008
Time: 2:30PM


This Mellberg bloke seems like a nice enough chap. Why don't we try and sign him?!
03/08/2008 14:49:00
i would have him back in a heart beat.
03/08/2008 14:57:00
I know we all say Barry will be on the bench, but how do we know for sure? I mean we all say we are not far behind Liverpool and then we talk about how our best player wouldnt get any one of the 11 starting places on offer at Liverpool. Maybe we are alot further behind Liverpool than we thought.
03/08/2008 15:12:00
Mellberg theres only one Mellberg top man wish he was still at villa park. He will be a big miss next season. He will always be welcome back here any time a true villa legend. I wish i could be saying the same about Gareth but i cant and im gutted
50 years a villan
03/08/2008 15:33:00
The legend has spoken. Take note GB
03/08/2008 16:21:00
Starting to think, after the current situation where agreements were made and are now seemingly being broken, that Barry won't be accepted back so easily?
The Fear
03/08/2008 17:25:00
I think you're right Fear. As you know from talking to different people at the Reading game yesterday, feelings were pretty mixed about him then, and that was before we heard the news from MON last night. The bloke is clearly determined to go and I think this latest twist in the tail will have burnt his bridges with the majority of fans now.
03/08/2008 17:32:00
JF - I think Barry has gone "a bridge too far" with O'Neill and should now go. A great pity, both for Villa and Barry but I cam't see any relationship being restored. Gareth Barry you are a foolish man! Time will prove this.
03/08/2008 19:08:00
I tried to start the "only one Mellberg" song in the Aston Hotel beer garden before the Odense game, there were no takers! we should honor this legend!
03/08/2008 19:14:00
Certainly not in this household Mr Fear.
03/08/2008 19:14:00
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