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Steve McClaren OUT! (Updated)

Steve McClaren OUT! (Updated)

Steve McClaren OUT.

What a berk. Cashley Hole is suspened, Wayne Bridge is injured - when isn't he? And yet there is still no place for left sided midfielder/defender and Villa skipper Gareth Barry.

Sven Mark II will use Phil Neville or Jamie Carragher in the left back spot instead.

Sod off Steve, and take the numpties at the FA who chose you ahead of Martin O'Neill and Sam Allardyce with you.

Martin O'Neill has reacted to the news saying:

"I'm very disappointed and surprised that with Wayne Bridge injured and Ashley Cole suspended, England don't think Gareth is capable of playing on that left side."

"He has played a significant number of games at left-back for us this season and played very well indeed, so I'm very disappointed for Gareth."

Adding on avfc.com, "I said some weeks ago that I thought it was inevitable Gareth would get into the England squad. He did just that and it's harsh that he's missed out this time."

"He's had a fantastic season and I'm not sure what else he can do. But he's only 26 and we can only hope that his chance will come again."

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday March 16 2007
Time: 3:29PM

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Just amazing, what a pratt McClaren is.
The Fear
16/03/2007 15:32:00
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The bloke is just clueless. He really hasn't got a clue. The England squad should be picked on form and Barry has been consistently excellent all season. Why play a right-footer at left back? And an awful one at that. Can't wait to see the back of the pratt
Geordie_Villa
16/03/2007 15:44:00
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He's a fickin muppet - why Phil Neville why?
Mutley73
16/03/2007 15:46:00
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well england have always had a hard time finding players to play on the left but when they do they dont know how to handle them.thats all the can be said
thedunedan
16/03/2007 15:49:00
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I was at Old Trafford for the Spain game and thought Barry did not do enough to help his cause. After the game he said he had played a simple game - safety first in other words and I don't think that helped his cause. However when you look at who has been selected - right footed players to play left back, and one who has been caught out there before as well, you just have to wonder at the intelligence of the coach. Didn't the Spanish coach say something similar - he was surprised that the Ginger One had not picked up their simple tactics. You never know, these may be two good games for Barry to miss!
Gordonsleftboot
16/03/2007 16:05:00
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I'm not surprised at all - what else do you expect from "Sven's muppet"? If he was pratt enough to ditch Beckham, anything goes. I just hope and pray that McClaren is axed before too long and Allardyce gets the job (should be MON but keeping quiet about that).
villacross
16/03/2007 16:18:00
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In all honesty Barry will never be an England regular, the Ginger Bloke just dont fancy him. Maybe Gary or Phil Nevill have another brother he can pick in front of Barry. The only thing that cheers me up is we got MON, England got Mr Smiley Clueless bargain.
col8
16/03/2007 16:42:00
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Is anybody really surprised at Gareth's exclusion? I would think surely not. McClaren made the token gesture of including Gareth in the squad for the game against Spain, but that was all it was ever going to be, a token gesture. Like Sven before him, McClaren has his set favourites, tired old faces that will make the squad irrelevant of club or prior international form, and that is the main reason that England will continue to struggle at competitive international level, and why McClaren remains very much on borrowed time.
glensider
16/03/2007 17:25:00
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To geordie_villa: jamie carragher has also been excellently consistent. To mutley 73: neville will not play; carragher will. I would pick carra over neville and barry any day.
Aamir
16/03/2007 17:36:00
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Aamir,if you`d pick Carragher over Barry at left back then you have a biased reason because although i agree Carragher is a fantastic Centre half he would get embarressed at left back against decent opposition,he is no left back.Best thing for Gareth is to be as far away from that squad as possible because after the next 2 games i`ve a feeling the Media are gonna witch-hunt!!
ASPINALL
16/03/2007 19:02:00
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