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Now Another Manager Is 'Doing It'

Now another Manager is 'Doing It'.

There seems to be something seriously wrong with the moral and ethical situation in English football at the moment. It was bad enough when Benitez started shooting off his mouth about wanting our Captain as one of his team. Then Ferguson started off 'tapping up' Berbatov trying to lure him away from Spurs.

When this happened MON said, quite rightly, 'You want our player; you pay the going rate. In our opinion that is 18m, take it or leave it'.

Meanwhile Spurs complained about Ferguson breaking the rules (which he probably did) and not much else. Just when it seems we have thwarted Liverpool and things were beginning to settle, another manager does exactly the same thing, namely, speak out in public about his interest in one of our players,stirring the whole thing up again.

It really does concern me when a widely respected manager, such as Arsene Wenger does a Benitez. I really did think that he operated on an entirely different moral plane from some of the others and that he had the same ethical outlook as MON. You never hear MON talking about the specific players whom he has an interest in signing. He may talk in broad general terms about looking for another three players to add to our team but no names are ever mentioned. That is the right and honourable way to do business.

Everyone discounts the ill informed guesses of the media hacks when they talk about transfers or players of interest to a club. That is why sites such as Vital Villa are so important; often they are the only sites that sift the wheat from the chaff. But, managers naming names is something else.

That raises another very important question, especially when it is Wenger doing the naming. Why?

Well, at the end of last season Aston Villa were, without a doubt, the most improved team in the league. This means that, if that improvement continues, they are very likely to replace either Liverpool or Arsenal, being fourth and third respectively, in the top four. Now, given the splendid additions that MON has made to our team, any reasonable independent observer would say that our chances of doing just that will have improved significantly. In the meantime Arsenal have lost some important players and Benitez, with his game playing, has managed to upset half his team and, due to lack of funds, has not significantly improved the team.

Yes, Wenger may want GB in his team, but not this way, surely?

What, however, Benitez did do was succeed in unsettling Barry, so much so that even the England manager has been prompted to comment upon it. Now, just when things seem to be settling down and everyone acknowledges that Liverpool have not the funds, if they ever intended to, to complete the purchase of GB, Wenger comes along and stirs it all up again. Once again our ex-captain is flattered and gets itchy feet about moving on.

Stop!

Gareth, let's put this in perspective. For the past ten years you have been a Villa player, a good one, yes, but not really at international level. During the first five years there were no serious bids for your services from any of the major teams; and don't tell me Ellis would not have sold you if a decent offer had been made. We all know that was his way of running the club. Then MON became our manager and you were transformed into one of the best players in the League.

Don't you seriously think that you owe some loyalty to the man who helped you become one of England's key internationals?

If this prognosis is correct and the actions of both Benitez and Arsene would indicate that they, at least, think that it might be, then next season you could well be playing Champions League with Aston Villa, whereas there is a good chance that either, if not both of the other teams mentioned in this article, may not be.

Think on it, sir!

Obediah




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The Journalist

Writer: Obediah Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 24 2008

Time: 4:23PM

Your Comments

I really cant believe the story in the News of the Screws that MON is ready to offer Barry 75,000 quid a week to stay....
col8
Villa weren't the most improved team in the league last season, Arsenal were. Villa improved by ten points last season, Arsenal 15 points. Even Man City improved their points total more than Villa, 13 points. Rafa never mentioned Barry by name until O'Neill confirmed Liverpool's interest, not before. Wenger also never mentioned Barry by name, even if he did, O'Neill already broke the news of Arsenal's interest in Barry last month, so why are he whinging about Wenger now?
JohnDoe
why is he*
JohnDoe
Was it not MON that told the press about a conversation he had with Pat Rice in regards Barry? Paranoid or what.
iceman10
personally I use league position over points due to the fact that it is a league, you have to take into account your improvement in comparison with others improvement, you are also making huge assumptions that you know the truth regarding what Rafa and Wenger have said and at what time, unless of course you are making your observations based on actual fact as opposed to media speculation and hype.
steff_the_villan
JohnDope bases his facts on how many special brews he's consumed........
Stourbridge Villan
Ahh, it's stupidbridge Villan discussing facts, how ironic.
JohnDoe
Johndoooh bases his so called facts upon anything that supports his arguments whilst continuing to disregard any other opposing fscts. Although agree with his last and Iceman's point that MON did mention this first in his chats with Pat Rice seemingly to wind fat Rafa up so really he should not be moaning about Wenger saying anything.
Villan444
JohnDoe, welcome back. It's always good to see the most twisted member on the Vital Network sprawling across the sites. I'm going to let you talk for at least another week because lucky lucky liverpool has it coming for them on Sunday.
los_angeles_villan
johndoe is back hooray, john re read wengers comments about a devalued player less than 24 hours after our europe game. come on you'r clever enough work it out. can you not see how disruptive this is for our club. I'm never ever sure of the point your trying to make. you defend liverpool to the death fair enough but your often wide of the mark
_aron_
Hope and trust that JohnDoe will be as visible to all after next Sunday, as he has been throughout the summer. Sod Benitez, sod Wenger. If Barry is to move on we'll find out in the week ahead. Not interested who said what to whom and when right now, lets concentrate on bringing in our targets over the course of the next few days, we've a tough campaign ahead. Lets not get sidetracked.
glensider
Not knocking you Obediah. Good well written article. Agree with you that it was surprising to hear and see Wenger stooping to Rafa's gutter tactics. Always thought that Arsene was a class or two above Benitez. A warm welcome awaits the Pool. Hope JohnDoe is coming down to share in the fun.
glensider
Err wasnt it MoN who first broke the news to the media of Pat Rice's casual call to Villa ? I dont know how he call Wenger's comments bizarre when his are even more so. I'm afraid MoN has lost the plot on the whole Barry saga.
prits
You'd think that there'd be no love lost between these premiership managers, but fortunately most seem to remain on speaking terms at least.
glensider
 

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