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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.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 3 2008

Time: 2:30PM

Your Comments

This Mellberg bloke seems like a nice enough chap. Why don't we try and sign him?!
paintnothing
i would have him back in a heart beat.
Villa-in-my-Blood
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.
young_jonah
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
The legend has spoken. Take note GB
DoLpHiNaToR
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
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.
jonah
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.
villacross
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!
farmer_dan
Certainly not in this household Mr Fear.
steff_the_villan
Mellberg will be missed big time, was fantastic for us since he joined, always liked this guy from the first day he joined, very rarely injured and was always consistent JG best signing?
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Guys-can we please talk about the future. Olaf. God bless him is in the past. I suppose Barry will be now after he "cocked-up" again last week.
villacross
this is mellberg who let his contract run down and left for Juventus for Champions League football, which is the same as Barrys circumstances, but at least barrys gonna leave us with 18m in the bank................
Adbo9
Mellberg left with a lot more dignity and respect for the club. GB has just *****ed everything away. The fans respect being the most notable. proper gutted
Villa-in-my-Blood
No comparison adbo9, Melly did it straight, everyone knew where they stood, there was no bull*****
steff_the_villan
yea must Adbo9 you're way off bud. Mellberg and Barry are two completely difference circumstances. Mellberg is in his 30's, wants to retire in a few years and rather retire in Italy, can you blame him? He wants a taste of Champions league football because he doesn't have much time left. He was straightforward and told us he was leaving in January. AND he played his heart out for us till his last game. Barry even had his head turned the minute he heard of interest and showed it against Wigan. Mellberg would never do that.
los_angeles_villan
Im gunna miss mellberg alot mor than barry
AussieVilla
The thing is even if Barry stayed at the Villa till the end of his career the one thing he would always be remembered for above all other things is this closed season of discontent. Best he leaves and takes his testimonial with him.
col8
los_angeles is spot on in his comparison between the way Olaf handled his move to Juventus and the underhand wrangling of Messrs Black and Barry. And Melberg's uniquely generous gesture to the Villa fans at his final game was proof of how much we meant to him - what value can you infer GB places on us from the way HE has conducted himself during this sorry episode?
Athens Villa
Barry should listen to Melly. He too had many opportunities to leave but remained at VP and now look at his reputation. A real true Villa legend in my eyes.
bellywipes
It is no good fans saying 'Barry has burned his bridges, he should go now'', because the simple fact is, it is not his choice. He can only go when we are offered a deal suitable for the club and we then give our permission. If he does stay, and it is very conceivable that he does, he should at the very least be made to play in the 1st leg of the UEFA Cup match. This would make him ineligible for any CL games this season and may finally make Murderpools mind up not to come up with the necessary funds for him before the end of the Transfer Window. Should Barry refuse to play he should be docked his money for breach of contract. It is also clear that if Barry does stay, and I have said before I would be happy with this, it should be on his current terms with no wage increase, he should not be captain and have no testimonial guarantee. It is also obvious that Barry knows what financial package that he would receive at Murderpool. This should be proof, if any more were needed that he has been tapped up. We have not given permission to the club who murder and rob their own fans for the price of a match ticket permission to talk to Barry. We have not excepted their offer. So how would he know about the financial package, if he or his agent haven't already discussed it with them? In theory Murderpool could bid the amount we want and then only offer to pay him half of what he is on at VP. What would he do then? We have been raped in football terms over this saga and we should make an official complaint to UEFA and report murderpool to them. It is already a messy situation and we should muddy the waters even more.
voiceoftheholte
VOTH - I think you are way off with your post. First Barry's agent will know precisely what Liverpool are prepared to pay his client. He will also know what every other club in the Prem would be prepared to pay him. That's what players have agents for! "Tapping-up" isn;t the issue here it's mainly a question as to how Pool have conducted themselves over the last few months which have been appaling. But as far as I know they've not broken any rules. And the second issue is Barry "welching" on the agreement he made last Monday with O'Neill and Lerner.. He might be a very talented footballer but he's obviously a poor specimen of a man". We will be better off without him.
villacross
vc - I undertstand what you are saying, but the point being made is that if Murderpool have let Barry know what they will pay him for his services without our agreement to talk to him, either directly or indirectly, that is exactly what tapping up is and those are the rules they have broken. We all know how appalingly they have acted in this scenario, so we should try and muddy the waters further by an official complaint, imo. I agree, that if we are to believe what we have read in the press, then it would appear that he has 'welched' on the agreement. Unfortunately we are so far down the line, we do not know what is 'spin' and what is fact. Because we only know what the club/press would have us believe, it is very possible that events have happened behind the scenes of which we are not aware. It is on that basis that I wouldn't totally write Barry off just yet and accuse him of being a poor speciman of a man. For the first time in years we have a PR machine that is very good at manipulating stories in our favour. PR is only about delivering information they want us to believe, not necessarily what is true.
voiceoftheholte
A slap in the face to Berger and all the other no-mark ex Villans who have urged Barry to up and off, well done Cap'n Olof sir! We can rely on you to keep the faith. Thing is we dont want the guy to stay now. He has to go.
glensider
Barry's history. In truth he was back in May. We're the mugs for clinging on so long. We wanted him, he doesn't want us.
glensider
He'll be quality there and he will obviously not be sitting on the bench, bench warmes don't cost 18m and teams don't make this much of a fuss about them. He is being bought with the idea of being a first team player, obviously if he doesn't perform he will be dropped/rotated but its bo!!ox to say he won't be playing football because he is deffinitly good enough for the Champions league and the top 4, and you all know that as well.
PTP
 

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