Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Gareth Barry Sings Whitesnake Ready n Willing

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.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
Time: 8:23PM


Fingers crossed on the distant memory part. Good news that he is willing to play and work on being part of the team.
13/08/2008 20:28:00
why the feck would you wanna play for that fat lying spaniard anyway, good on you gareth :)
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!!
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....
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 !!
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.
13/08/2008 20:46:00
Stay go get on with it..............
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!!!!
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
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.
13/08/2008 20:55:00
Page 1/4
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Another Dagger In The Heart

HH on yet another dagger in the heart of great supporters of a once great club

We Deserved A Point - Garde

Manager Remi Garde has said he felt the performance in the game against Watford today should've returned a point for Aston Villa.

Audio - Garde Pleased With Performance

Manager Remi Garde has said he was pleased with the performance Aston Villa put in during today's three two loss to Watford, but he knows a point should've been taken.

Stats: Aston Villa v Watford

All the stats from Aston Villa (2) vs (3) Watford, Villa Park, 28/11/15 Att: 35,057

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore20%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race
Latest Vital Boxing News
Last Night in the Words of Tyson Fury
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions1104
2.The Fear641
Vital Football Comment