Gareth Barry was asked on Setanta Sports if Villa could break the top four. He said it was different to answer just yet but also added, 'We are confident we can do it.'
Explaining 'We have experience and youth, the belief is there and the manager has instilled that in us, but it is a tough target to achieve. Very few teams in recent years have been able to crack it.'
And speaking from experience having completed a decade at Villa the England midfielder says the manager and player set up is the best it has been adding, 'It is a tough schedule this year, but as the season goes on we will get better and better.'
And more specifically on the top four he says that Randy Lerner has helped build the squad and says 'It is possible.'
He also spoke about Martin O'Neill who, following last summers failed move to Liverpool it was always hard to get a grasp of how the player felt about the manager, especially after he lost the captains armband. Seems there isn't a major problem there though, as Barry said:
'He has improved us massively. He came to a club who had just finished 16th in the league, knew it wouldn’t happen overnight and has brought in players who have improved the squad.'
Err. The Vital Villa man of the match v Stoke City...
Manager Tim Sherwood has given his normal Monday briefing, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan has also given his thoughts as frustration reigns.
Manager Tim Sherwood has given his post game thoughts to the press following Saturday's loss to Stoke City.
Summer signing Adama Traore has said that he's concentrating on his Aston Villa future at the moment, and is yet to decide where his international allegiance will lay.
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