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Gareth Barry Sings Whitesnake Ready n Willing

I know some will disagree and think things have gone too far this summer, but I hope the majority view this as nothing but good news !


Gareth Barry has said he is happy to play in the Uefa Cup game against Icelandic team Ican'tspelltheirname tomorrow night.

In fact, much like Whitesnake many years ago (one for the old rockers) he is 'ready and willing'.

Barry travelled with the squad this morning.

Martin O'Neill later explained on the official site:

'I was at a League Managers' Association meeting down in London, so I had to go down quite early. Therefore I didn't get a chance to speak to Gareth, which I would have done. But John Robertson and Steve Walford spoke to him just after training. He was ready, willing and able to play, which is great.'

'Last week I think he felt that the Liverpool move was going to take place. Now we don't know what's happening, so don't think anybody's in any sort of triumphalist mood. But he wants to play and that's exceptionally good news. Our particular stance has never changed. He's a class player and they're hard to come by. We would prefer him to be playing for Aston Villa than playing against us.'

So if Barry is willing to play - and lets face it he is a well paid professional so he should play for his employers, then he obviously knows the Liverpool move is off or will be off as he would be cup tied and unable to play in the Champions League.

He isn't a dummy, he knows Liverpool have embarrassed themselves and more importantly embarrassed our former skipper, not only that but have cost him some of the very high respect he was held in by Villa fans and any chance of a testimonial.

Still think, despite the saga through the summer, it is superb news that he now looks set to stay. Who knows, with a few more arrivals still to come, we might well match his ambitions and any talk of a move will be nothing other than a distant memory.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 13 2008

Time: 8:23PM

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Fingers crossed on the distant memory part. Good news that he is willing to play and work on being part of the team.
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13/08/2008 20:28:00

why the feck would you wanna play for that fat lying spaniard anyway, good on you gareth :)
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13/08/2008 20:34:00

Lets hope that he now realises the grass is greener at Villa Park (when it grows), and signs a new contract. If he extends his stay I'm sure he'll win us all over soon enough, then push on for Charlie's appearance record!!
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13/08/2008 20:35:00

consider this....Liverpool do not want to pay 18mill....Barry plays tomorrow and is cup tied untill the group stages in the new year....Liverpool qualify for the group stages....Liverpool come back with a lower offer in the Jan transfer window as Barry will only have 18 months left on his contract.....this aint over aint gonna go away....
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13/08/2008 20:39:00

ANYone seen the Iceland training gallery on the Villa site, doesn't Barry look a happy bunny......Reminds me of Lampard in training before resigning his contract and Berbatov before his imminent Man Utd arrival.....Come on MON play him for just the last few minutes of the game !!
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13/08/2008 20:45:00

Great news, I think he'll be out to give us a excellent perfomance to try and start winning over the fans again, I'm glad he's playing but until he commits to us fully I'm unsure. Will MON still bring in a replacement (In case he still goes in Jan) or will he wait and then we'll lose the chance of signing the likes of Johnson. I would love him to come clean on TV tom night and say he's staying.
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13/08/2008 20:46:00

Stay go get on with it..............
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13/08/2008 20:48:00

nope, its just going away until Jan when 12m may be the price he goes for. Just really depends on him signing a contract extension. Hopefully we'll be above liverpool in the table by then anyway. But I'd rather we had him for half a season than no part of it. Come Gareth sign that contract extension!!!!
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13/08/2008 20:49:00

Anyone think we will start like this tomorrow? Friedel, Gardner, Shorey, Davies, Laursen, Barry, Reo-Coker, Petrov, A. Young, Carew, Agbonlahor
Surfer Dude
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13/08/2008 20:53:00

i shall choose this moment to laugh in the face of rafa benitez - someone i once had respect for. hahahahahahaha! Gareth you let us down in this saga - you'd better make it up to us now. dock liverpool 10 points. thanks.
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13/08/2008 20:55:00

I'm not sure he'll start Barry as he's not match fit. Something he'll need to work on if he wants to play in the next england game next week. All this is damaging his england chances too, the fool. He really does need to get some better advisors. Before he throws everything away.
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13/08/2008 21:04:00

surfer dude - I reckon Knight will start over davies. Not worth risking just yet. Perhaps Harewood over Carew to save him for Sunday.
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13/08/2008 21:07:00

I thought he may start with Davies and then replace him around 60 minutes with Knight if things were going well. Same with Carew. If Barry doesn't start do we go with Maloney or take a more aggressive stance and go with Routledge?
Surfer Dude
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13/08/2008 21:20:00

full strength side to start, will use all 3 subs tho. davies needs match practice so will have an hour at least. scousers wont qualify from groups an well take their 4th spot, so barry will stay!
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13/08/2008 21:23:00

I have one and one difinitive statement to make about the WHOLE Barry transfer b*llocks....he NEVER handed in a transfer request. This says to me that he was happy to go to Souseland but was equally happy tostay at his mother club :o) Just a thought... UTV
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13/08/2008 21:24:00

CALLING ALL VILLA FANS. i think at villa park when we do our chants we should also jump all at once like many foreign clubs do. it looks amazing and i think i'd be rite in saying no fans do this regulary in the premiere league? wot do you think???
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13/08/2008 21:30:00

alonso starts the champo league game, looks like the deal is pretty much dead for now, until next summer. mtones, don't think barry was equally happy to stay with us he defo wanted to go. he should now knuckle down for the season if we don't improve then he can go next summer, happily. gives us a season to find a quality replacement
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13/08/2008 21:33:00

I think they will play davies against fc howsyourfather but think cueller and laursen will start against man city. Startung to get some good competition in places. Routledge has had a good pre season too. Could be like a new player?
Ian Taylor
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13/08/2008 21:38:00

Alex Black has proven to be a quite amateur agent (thank god for us Villa fans!!)
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13/08/2008 21:55:00

Full-time Standard Liege 0-0 Liverpool ha ha ha...more writing on the wall for our Barry!
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13/08/2008 21:57:00

bazza to stay until jan now. He'll be off then for around 14mill, but who knows the scousers might be already be out of the c.l-he he
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13/08/2008 22:06:00

Shame Liege missed that penalty, it would have made it more interesting. Talking of penalties, if Barry is still here when we play Liverpool, how do you think he would feel if he had to take a penalty against them?
Surfer Dude
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13/08/2008 22:06:00

imavillan - Thhink of this - Liverpool get knocked out of the Euro. competition - we go on and winfn the EUFA Cup and finish above them in the League. Perhaps Martin will put a bid in for Gerrard and Torres next year - how do you fancy that?
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13/08/2008 22:15:00

If Liverpool goes out of the Champions League next week (oh how I wish...but still not likely) or before the january transfer window, no deal has to take place as they would not match Barry's ambition of playing Champions League football. Barry has stated that he wanted to play Champions League football and as the scousers are the only CL club to be interested in him, this might be quite funny if they go out of the cup...just putting 2 and 2 together...
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14/08/2008 00:19:00

Considering the performance of L'pool last night vs Standart, there is a real possibility that GB will not play in CL even if he goes at Anfield :-p
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14/08/2008 07:46:00

The scousers were crap yesterday and were lucky that Liege missed the penalty and that Reina scooped a legitimate goal back over the line before the ref saw that it was in! If Barry goes now he is really is a silly t*t.
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14/08/2008 07:52:00

The scousers were crap yesterday and were lucky that Liege missed the penalty and that Reina scooped a legitimate goal back over the line before the ref saw that it was in! If Barry goes now he is really is a silly f***er.
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14/08/2008 07:52:00

fantastic news, sounds like he now knows the truth - Barry's going nowhere!
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14/08/2008 09:35:00

If Liverpool play like they did last night against us on the 31st, theres no reason we shouldn't give tham a hiding - and that is something I would dearly love to see after this whole fiasco. As for Barry staying, some of the best news I've heard in the past couple of months. Let's hope for another fantastic season to show him why he should stay longer - it's a long shot, but come the end of this season, he might not need to move to fill his ambitions...4th is not a bad target to play for.
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14/08/2008 09:48:00

Absolutely Mayo, 4th is a realistic, although tough, target for us this season, but if and when we reach the chumpions league, why would Barry want to leave us then? Especially if we take liverscums place in the chumpions league!
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14/08/2008 10:11:00

good news, won't be sure untill he steps out on that pitch, i saw alonso was playing last nigh and throught Barry-gate saga over .......... for now. Next move Mr barry contract extension?
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14/08/2008 10:30:00

Another interesting twist to the seemingly never ending saga, a twist with many implications. He has to start. No question in my mind. He's arguably our best player, we're a better team with him in the mix, we're paying him a decent penny, any more reasons needed? Wonder if we'll see a last gasp bid from Liverpool though, that will prevent him from playing? Stranger things have happened,
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14/08/2008 10:54:00

Somehow I dont think we'll get him to put pen to paper on a contract extension krisvilla, not just yet anyway. He still has a lot to come to terms with, thats if of course the move to Anfield doesn't go through, and I still wouldn't rule that out, even if he plays this evening. Until Gareth himself declares that he's staying put, I'm not going to take anything for granted.
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14/08/2008 10:58:00

i know we are payin him good money, but it is like an olive branch him saying i'm willing and able to play. Still uncertainty untill 31st august. Can't see rafa the faffer coming in for a bid if barry is cup tied!
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14/08/2008 11:25:00

If it's the case that GB has finally said something so positive, then I couldn't be happier. I think the last couple of weeks he's seen the influx of players, realised that this could well be the place to be, and compared the contrasting moods of the well prepared and positive villa park, with a manager and chairman showing solidarity, against the infighting and squabbling of the pathetic rabble up at anfield. I live in cheshire, and the smiles of smug scousers i work with have been shortening by the day, now they realise that they ain't getting their own way. GB - choose B6 over L6 any day of the week!
behind the dugout
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14/08/2008 11:55:00


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