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O'Neill 'Players Play Wherever I Put Them'

O'Neill 'Players Play Wherever I Put Them'

Martin O'Neill has responded to Barry's comments about being played at left back, but he's certainly not playing them up.

As covered earlier on the site, Barry wasn't too happy at being played at left back against Pompey and said a few words about it to the press afterwards.

But O'Neill seems in no mood to play about in the press this week given what went on at Pompey, so replied simply to Gareth:

'You'll play where I tell you.'

Speaking to the Express and Star, O'Neill went further and made it an instruction to all the players, not just Gareth,

'At the end of the day I pick the side. Players are paid to play in whatever position I put them in. The explanation I give them should be good enough. If Gareth accepted that explanation, then that is good enough for him.

'I have nothing to say about his comments, because I don't know how they were said. So I take no notice of it all. What I will say is that Gareth Barry has played left-back before.

'I can't remember the last time he actually started at left-back. Gareth has made his name in recent times by me playing him in midfield but he has played left-back for every other manager at some stage and has played often there.

'When we put him into a settled position in midfield, and he played regularly there, that's when he came to the attention of England. At the end of the day, I would expect players to play in any position I give them.

'Carlos Cuellar did that. Everybody can be asked to play in a position and if I think it is good for the team, that's what I'll do.'

The reasoning for the full back change, seemed to be a reminder to Shorey and Luke Young that their places are in no way guaranteed.

'Like anything else anyone can improve their game. This is not a problem. Last weekend was just a chance for them to look at things again.'

I would imagine this is just the press trying to cause problems again. I can fully imagine after the match somebody pointedly asking Barry if he prefered being in the middle of midfield compared to left back and he answered he did, and rambled about not liking it when players run at him.

Hey presto, Barry upset with O'Neill for playing him in a position he didn't like.

Makes for a great story doesn't it.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday October 21 2008
Time: 5:40PM


'Gareth has made his name in recent times by ME playing him in midfield ' With this MON's reminding GB that he wouldn't be so highly regarded without his coaching, and too right. I think we have a good team but each time they take to the field the reason they play so well, maybe some above their true ability, is due to one man.
21/10/2008 18:31:00
Well, that is the player told. I am not sure these discussions should be in the press but hey ho, always has been the Villa way!
The Fear
21/10/2008 18:33:00
Exit in January I think, but where is anybodies guess. I have a feeling that there is a similar situation brewing at Manure with Touche` Turtle as well but he will be off to Real Madrid, not sure now if Liverpool want/need GB....Spurz might.
21/10/2008 19:46:00
Always thought that Levy from Spuz looked more like Touché Turtle, that makes Comolli Dumdum. Very fitting.
21/10/2008 22:01:00
Why would he leave us for Spurs? If he wanted to leave to get into the Champions league there's only 4 teams to be at, with 2 other teams coming close and we're one of the 2, I don't think he'll leave in January unless Arsenal are interested.
22/10/2008 09:45:00
Another chance for the media to blow something up way out of proportion, Barrys going nowhere, ain't that right Jonah?
22/10/2008 10:48:00
Not until the new year rolls around at least Steff. Whatever happens in January is anyone's guess. As for MON's comments, 'I'm with you 100% Mart'. Tell it to 'em like it is.
26/10/2008 01:13:00
Agree with PTP. O.K., Gareth may have supported Spurs as a lad, or so we are told, but a move to White Hart Lane is certainly only a backward step.
07/11/2008 22:37:00
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