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Gareth Barry - Heartbeat Of Villa

Martin O'Neill has spoken about how pivotal Villa captain Gareth Barry is comparing him to Chelsea's (Fat) Frank Lampard and Liverpool's (disappears for half a game) Steven Gerrard. Pah, ours is much better, he gives 100% game in and game out!

O'Neill told avfc.com: 'There were some big performances. I thought there were a number of great performances, but Gareth Barry was absolutely outstanding. I know he could play a number of positions, and I'm talking big now, but his performance on Saturday was up with those boys who play or England. It was up with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard - it was that special.'

'He's the heartbeat of this football club. Heartbeat is the operative word - he's got fantastic heart, but he's got great ability and that showed on Saturday. I just thought it was an immense performance.'

And to think the Spurs fans keep harping on about signing him in the summer. HA, get real, Barry will be going nowhere, maybe we could send them Djemba Djemba instead!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 8 2007

Time: 3:46PM

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GB has been the stalwart of the entire season - even through the rough patch in the middle. He must be up for the forthcoming England squad. I heard that Steve McClaren was at VP on Saturday. Can anyone confirm or deny this? It would be two Villa games on the trot as he was at Eastlands the week before. Maybe I have got the wrong end of this but this is coincidental with MON publicly stating that a full England call up for Gabby was a bad idea in the short term.
Equatorialvilla
Barry is awesome, as good as f***** and stevieg. Barry would put far more in than they do for england.
iomvilla
I also think he kept us up last season, without him we'd have been sunk, I'm sure of it!
The Fear
Mcclaren was at the game, still not sure why he wont pick him for England. He has to be one of the top 4 english midfielders in terms of goals, assists and allround brilliance this season...plus he's LEFT FOOTED.
son_of_cher
"Gareth Barry - Heartbeat Of Villa". Until he joins Spurs in the summer that is ;)
OneAaronLennon
Don't respond gentlemen - he is like a small child trying to seek attention. We all know that Totenham are in decline and we are on the up. Can't wait til we get CL ahead of them. They they will be so upset. Wonder who they will blame? Jol? Defoe? Gardner? Ghaly? Having no Left Winger? Seems they are always blaming something or someone for underperforming. Berbatov for ManU I say.
CLVilla
A great palyer agreed, but Stevie G is truly exceptional. Not on the same planet. Better than Fat Frank though.
gerrybeckett
"Spurs are in decline". Would you like to elaborate on that please. Europe two seasons running and good cup runs this season would suggest that we are a club on the up. Would you care to tell me when Villa last got anywhere near the quarter finals of the UEFA cup? And unlike Villa, Spurs do not need the money from being taken over. We gain our money by ticket sales, T.V rights, doing well in the league, worldwide fan base etc etc. Villa can only hope that a man that knows nothing about football (Mr Lerner) can provide them with the money to attract "top class" players, as you put it.
OneAaronLennon
Do you know what we should do - buy every young English player available and then try them all one by one in the team till we find a good one. Then try and ofload the rest over the next 5 years while we pay their wages. Oh no, somebody beat us to it!!!
CLVilla
Barry is a Legend and at 25 is coming into his prime - Remember Lampard and Gerrard really took off at 25 so here's hoping. Fans Player of the year again ?
Still-Ian
And isn't it funny that the club that has done that is considered the best of the teams outside of the top four. I don't mind, you can stick to your Carew's, Young's, Bardsley's, Maloney's etc. We can carry on with our Berbatov's, Zokora's, Dawson's, Chimbonda's and we will see who the most successful team will be.
OneAaronLennon
I think that you should have to be up to date with the facts before being allowed to post here. Bardsley is off back to United, and as far as I can make out Chimbonda wants tp play for Arsenal, but will probably be going to Chelsea. What with Barbie Doll leavng for Manchester they squads should be very different next season. Murphy and Gardner should be good cover for you though
CLVilla
I wouldn't respond either, Lemmon has done this loads of times cause all the spuds fans ignore him on their site. He knows whats going on at the Villa and that Spuds have zero chance of signing Barry, he does literally just come on here for the wind up, having said all that please feel free to slate the eye shaving dohnut.
mackaavfc
Jealousy perhaps?? We are moving forward quicker thanthey ever will.
iomvilla
Berbatov has stressed on many occasions that he loves Spurs and he will be with us next season, so that puts an end to that. Am i sensing a bit of jealousy from Villa fans towards Berbatov, i think i am. Don't worry - Aaron Hughes, Mark Delaney, Gavin McCann and Chris Sutton should easily get you into the Champions League and attract the top quality players that Villa crave.
OneAaronLennon
Ooohh - I love it when they dig the hole deeper. Hughes - main target, new right back. McCann - backup at best. Sutton - never going to play again because of eye injury. Delaney - great player, hope he makes it back without further injury. Do we prefer Defoe or Keane up front ? Or is Gabby better than both for next season?
CLVilla
If you consider Gabriel Agbonlahor, 10 goals in 40 starts, better than Keane, 21 goals in 30 starts, then there must be something wrong . Isn't Keane the same striker that Villa have pursued for the past 6 seasons but have failed at every attempt? Keane deserves better, atleast playing in the UEFA cup.
OneAaronLennon
Lemmon - about 30 of them starts were on the Right Wing, so if your theory is correct this makes Gabby better than the real Aaron Lennon?
mackaavfc
Barry is the best player weve got by some distance, but the last few games have thrown me a bit. i was interested ti see who we would bring in this summer to play alongside Petrov in the middle, but after the way barry has played recently i reckon we should be looking for a new left sided player instead. Barry has settled into the central midfield position like a dream. i know hes not the holding player were supposed to be after but it still gives MON and interesting dilema.
paddy@villa
Definetely Barry in the middle. We have options on the left already - unlike some teams. Maloney, Berger and Young can all play left. I think we need more cover for the right. Well said Macka, just going to say the same. these people who comment without all the facts, eh!
CLVilla
One AAron? what are you doing on here get back to our spurs site roght now before i report you for stating facts. These people here are long deluded. Why waste your time.
bullers
I don't know bullers!!! Villa can't face the facts that what it is.
OneAaronLennon
What that Spurs can't keep up with their local rivals who are in transition? Crawl back to your own team site ffs, maybe come back when you win something.
The Fear
Hard to believe that a mere couple of seasons or so back he was getting stick from the boo-boys. Gareth, even by his own exceptionally high standards has enjoyed a phenomenal season. He goes from strength to strength, and it is very easy to see why MON holds him in such high esteem.
glensider
One Aaron Lennon. Spurs have gone as far as they can with a loss to Sevillla and after they have sold Berbatov in the summer there is no chance of anything. Keep throwing your darts at the Arsenal team photo you jealous ******* . I am off to have my dinner, LASAGNE.
Villan444
Why would Gareth Barry want to go to Spurs? He wants to win trophies....
Thegreatdando
I have to say OAL's crap is getting tiresome, i'd rather be having a debate on Villa with Villa fans rather than listening to some little jumped up twerp who supports a poor excuse for a football team. We'll let our football do the talking.
Thegreatdando
You have been saying that your football will do the talking for a vry long time now, yet you are sitting 11th in the table while we are sitting 6th in the table with a game in hand. Enough said really. No matter how much times it is said by Berbatov, Martin Jol or Berbatov's agent, it is like Villa want him to leave Spurs, jealousy maybe???
OneAaronLennon
Hey OAL who's looking after your village while your on here?
Jon.H
Berbatov>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rebrov. Lets face it he came to Spurs as a stepping stone to get to a bigger premiership club and there are plenty of those.
Still-Ian
Barry will follow in the illustrious footsteps of ehiogu and southgate and move in hope of a better chance of european football. I hear sanchez at Fulham is calling a press conference right now in fact
mrcommonsence
spurs fans....suffering from 'big club' syndrome... don't worry guys, spurs will never get any higher then 7th in the league...EVER
industrial_musical
My main fear for next season is,Spurs have spent far more money than us yet are only a few points ahead of us.Money will only take us to a certain point in the table,What will seperate us from the likes of Spurs?
Pking
Where did we finish last season industrial? a victory in our game in hand takes us to fifth. Maybe when your club looks at the TOP of the table instead of anxious looks at the points tally of the bottom 3 and comparing it with yours you would know that.
mrcommonsence
Players like Berbatov, Lennon, King will seperate Villa from Spurs. And you must not know nothing about football industrial. Correct me if i am mistaken but i am sure that Spurs finished 5th last season, only missing out on the Champions league on the last day. And i am sure that we are on course to finish 5th again this should we win all of our reamaining games!!! COMPLETE IDIOT
OneAaronLennon
Well said Mrcommonsence, someone that actually speaks sense, seeing that i have seen none of these on this site. I have got too used to Vital Spurs, i think we should return before we catch something Mrcommonsence.
OneAaronLennon
Im just saying that we are both in the second tier of the prem,and I cant see yous breaking into the top 4 anytime soon,and we could be the same when we spend the same amount as yous.We finished just above the relegation zone last year and are now quite close to yous now,good progress if you ask me.
Pking
See ya keep on playing that Spurzzzzzzzzzz style of football that the London Media *********s seem to love
Still-Ian
Lennon is shot dude,one trick pony - King is the new Bramble(you watch next season with his man boobs) Berbatov is total quality yet will be offski or hit a wall next season,what did you win again?? Arsenal were absolutely crud this season yet they still came above you OF COURSE,ha,ha - good kit,joke club,small ground,poor support
ASPINALL
Well we are undoubtedly the entertainers of the season, everyone wants to watch Spurs play, hence why so many of our games are live. 100 goals scored in one season says alot about our strikers and team.
OneAaronLennon
How Many conceded?
Pking
ASPINALL yet another absolutely ridiculous comment. "Poor support", LOL. A) White Hart Lane has one of the best atmospheres in the premiership, and, B) Villa have absolutely terrible support at matches, most matchdays at Villa Park you can hear a nail drop it is that quiet. ASPINALL you need to seriously think about what you say before you write it down, IDIOT.
OneAaronLennon
I don't know Pking, around 70 goals we have conceded this year.
OneAaronLennon
GUUUUURRRRCHIA.GUUUUURRRRCHIA.
Pking
Overall that leaves us with a +30 goal difference, which is good. Yes i would like Spurs to concede less goals but as long as we are scoring more goals than we are conceding i will be a happy man.
OneAaronLennon
ASPINALL i suggest you stop posting on your own site because you are taking some credibilty away from some of the proper Villa fans, ie Pking, mackaavfc etc, you truly are an idiot ASPINALL!!!
OneAaronLennon
Spurs Gd +2,Villa Gd +2,6pts between us.Villa have spent nothing like the amount Spurs have.
Pking
Sorry 7 Pts.
Pking
Our average attendance ( home and away ) has beaten you again,and we have been average most of the season hence 11th finish,we`ll see in a year my friend,stay in touch.
ASPINALL
Go get a happy meal OAL your like the kid on the school bus who thinks his team is big time. 5th 2 seasons in a row wheres the progress?? None. We are going forward you are standing still.
iomvilla
Don't forget we gifted them 1 point with the Juan Pablo Angel show!!! ....... Bottom line, the league doesn't lie - Spurs were better than us this season, but we are looking forward and trying to improve. I haven't got a crystal ball, but which REAL FAN wouldn't hope for the best from their club? Barry is class, we have made some very good signings, only players we want to leave will be leaving and we will suprise a few people in the transfer market this summer. Maybe not next season, but certainly the season after that I can see us finishing above Spurs - but that is just my opinion and I am entitled to it.
CLVilla
And we used to be in UEFA cup most seasons ( when it mattered ) and it`s just a load of ****e?? come on,admit it ??
ASPINALL
Well everyone is entitled to their opinion CLVilla. ASPINALL the only reason why you have a higher average is because you have a bigger stadium. Find me stats like how much time Spurs have sold out their ground compared to Villa and i think you will find that Spurs have the better average!!! iomvilla, it is very hard to break that elusive top four in the Premiership. However it is not hard to improve on the 15th or 16th you finished a couple of seasons ago now is it? WOW, big 11th in the table, congratulations.
OneAaronLennon
Again OAL,stay in touch - we`ll see next season,we`ve only just started but we both know where it ends.May the best man win.
ASPINALL
Thanks - we are happy, DOL would have got us relegated.. I think you should have Ellis take over Spurs for the next 30 years and then see where you are. What do you actually know about the Randy Lerner takeover? What do you know about the behind the scenes improvements made this year? I expect every fan to love their own club more than any other, but even you can see we are moving in the right direction? What do you want us to do, just disappear and give you no challenge at all in the next 5 years?
CLVilla
Yes i will happily stay in touch with everyone here at Vital Villa ASPINALL because i firmly believe that we will finish above you yet again next season. Stonger squad, bigger fan base, financial stability and the redevelopment of White Hart Lane will see Spurs where us fans have been hoping for for a very long time; Regarded as one of the top four clubs in England.
OneAaronLennon
And no CLVilla i do not expect you to not challenge us at all in the next 5 years. I just don't think Villa's time is now, they are not ready yet.
OneAaronLennon
OAL but your team is so great ! surely you would be top four by now??? Quote"ASPINALL the only reason why you have a higher average is because you have a bigger stadium. Find me stats like how much time Spurs have sold out their ground compared to Villa and i think you will find that Spurs have the better average!!! " If your grounds smaller you will sell out more obviously you muppet. We would sell out more if our ground was smaller! I don't get your argument here.
iomvilla
Ok iomvilla, good point. Put it this way, if Spurs had a 42 000 strong capacity i still believe that we would sell out more than you!!
OneAaronLennon
OAL are you even top four in London?
iomvilla
OAL i'm going to bed you make me laugh though your good for a wind up. Speak soon mate.
iomvilla
Yep hopefully we will speak tomorrow iomvilla.
OneAaronLennon
[QUOTE]Put it this way, if Spurs had a 42 000 strong capacity i still believe that we would sell out more than you!![END QUOTE] Well I happen to believe that if we had an 80,000 seater stadium then we'd sell it out more than you. So care you prove your point about 42,000? As for Berbatov, he's a quality player, and I wouldn't be complaining if he played for Villa, but at the same time, he's just one player, there are lots of others out there who are just as good. We'll see what happens in the transfer market, as I said, we'll let our team do it's talking on the pitch.
Thegreatdando
Ok dando, can you name me any realistic targets for Villa in the summer who are better or even on the same level as Berbatov is???
OneAaronLennon
Realistic targets who are better? I'm pretty sure if I name anyone you'll say Berbatov is better, so what's the point? As for targets, to be honest I don't know, but when you hear about them i'm sure you'll have a view. Who are Spurs targets over the summer going to be?
Thegreatdando
Bale, Bent, Baines, Pederson, Davies, Barton, Nani, Dare i say Barry to name a few!!! Now, can you tell me any realistic targets for Villa who are on the same level as Berbatov?
OneAaronLennon
GB has been a rock for more than last season, without him we would have sunk last year.
col8
Bent, Davies, Barton, Ribery, Kone, Sneijder are the ones that i've heard of, and possibly many other that I haven't. None are as good as Berbatov, but they could well be as influencial as he has been.
Thegreatdando
I Dont think we have much hope of signing someone like Ribery cause Man U are after him.
Pking
someone make him go away
gwyllum18
I heard Ronaldinho heard about our new training ground and so he wants to join the revolution ( or perhaps he wnats to buy one??)
myleftfoot
Barry has to be in an england squad and actually on for england and very soon !!! for me one of teh players of the league this year
dazednconfuzed
OAL - Do you find pork as a more suitable alternative to beef when it comes to spag bol? I believe its sweeter although why am I asking a penis eater? Thats a spurs prefferred meat. But seriously, Hotspur aka Percy was a loser too!
myleftfoot
OAL you are typical of a thick delusional spurs fan. Despite a hundred or so years of living in the shadow of the Arse and now chelski, you are stil unable to digess that fact. You have never been a credible force in the league. Your only "claim to fame" is that you are an occasional cup side-What's that saying about spurs and the year ending in one...? You must be one sad ***** if you have to rely on a calender before dreaming of possible success. We are bigger than you in every sense - history, tradition, honours and fan base. Watch out OAL, with Wet Spam now looking safe, you title as london's third club is seriuosly under threat!!!!
Dee1
I am joining the debate fairly late but oal you are a muppet. You finish above Villa for only the fourth time since the premiership started and all of a sudden Spuds are world beaters???? Berbatov is class, there is no argument about that. Lennon is a poor mans Agbonlahor, there is no argument about that (just look at the goals scored column for proof). You have been a great attacking team this season but having the worst goalkeeper in Premier league history has been your downfall. Paul 'dives five minutes after the shot' Robinson is pants. In terms of support we are fairly equal. We both have decent supporter bases but I remember going to watch Villa against Spuds at your ground when Bosnich saved two penalties in front of 17,000. More facts for you. You have won less than the Villa and have never ever been near the European Cup. Your ground is OK but has been denied planning approval for expansion. Villa Park is one of the best grounds in the country and has planning permission agreed, to take the capacity to over 52,000. Spuds have potential to do better but it must be painful being on this site because the Arse and Chelski fans have laughed you off theirs. We are the dominant force of the Midlands. You are not even the dominant force of North London let alone the rest of London. So my advice would be for you to stick to your own site or go on to the site of your bigger local rivals. Coming on here is your way of saying 'I admit defeat to the Arse but I think I can give Villa some stick'. We have won more than you in total. We have won more than you since the Premier League started. When these facts change it may be worth you coming on this site again.
voiceoftheholte
Hey Fear, cant you just ban this muppet? I know he's done nothing offensive but he obviously doesn't have 2 brain cells to rub together so just get rid of the tit!
DeanoVilla
Barry is a Villa legend in the making, as for signing for Spurs in the summer, I am afraid you ******** afford him now. MON has him tied up for the next 4 years and will build the midfield around him. Also lets face it, why would we need to sell our best players? Its not like we need the money is it ?!?!?!?!?!?!?! As Harry Enfield once put it, ''we are considerably richer than yoooooooooooouuuuwwwwwwwwww'' !!!!!!!!
Stig
ive been visiting this site for a while now and its by far the best of its kind. ive just recently decided to sign up so i can make the odd comment or two. However as soon as i catch sight of this spurs prat it gives me the right hump. i appreciate a bit of banter but this bloke is just irritating and judging by the amount of comments he makes he obviously hasnt got much of a life. why on earth would you want to spend so much time on another teams site??? i agree with DeanoVilla, surely he could be got rid of. i wonder how many visitors to this site are put off making a comment because of this twerp?
paddy@villa
i tried to put a post on the spurs site before and it wouldn't let me.
Pking
I tell ya if Berbatov hadn't come into top form the past few months his name wouldn't even be mentioned. Even Juan Pablo Angel had 1 storming season
Still-Ian
Anybody else REALLY bored of OALemmon?
Adam Deuce
Yes. Banish him!
Dannygav
welcome on board paddy@villa, don't worry, we don't usually get invaded by bores, I'll just start deleting his stuff if it is hassling you all although I did kind of wind them up by having a go at their arrogance thinking all they had to do is snap their fingers and our players would go running. I'd seen a comment on their site saying petrov and barry should be brought in. No way!
The Fear
:O the fear it's all your fault we are being invaded by dodgy londoners who support a team devoid of glory...
industrial_musical
Yes, always start with the assumption that it is all my fault industrial, you'll not go far wrong!!!
The Fear
In all honesty, no matter who we bring in if Barry was sold this summer i wouldnt be renewing my season ticket. MON will build his team around Barry, the player is true class. All of this is pure gossip though as there is no way he would be sold. From what i can see he seems happy at Villa. Besides apart from the fact that Spurs are in London why on earth would he go there. They have reached their summit.
paddy@villa
He won't be sold, not now we have an ambitious board, he may well have chosen to leave if the old status quo had remained. He was a spurs fan as a kid but he knows what a great role he has to play at Villa and so why would he went to leave with so much going on? Can't really be bothered to get into the 'bigger fan base' argument with Lennon, but I would say that London have more teams to share teams with, we have a massive catchment area. Just can't fathom why they all of a sudden think they are world beaters for finishing 5th last season and struggling to catch up Arsenal this season despite Arsenal being in transition and having a fair few off days. Ho hum!
The Fear
The irony,which I'm sure is lost on OAL, was that should Barry have gone last year he was more likely to have gone to Portsmouth.
Jon.H
up the Pompey
paddy@villa
Barry at Portsmouth ? i'm not sure he would go it's a big step back. Not talking about playing wise but the facilities they have
Still-Ian
How many spurzz fans does it take to change a lightbulb? None. they're quite happy living in Arsenals' shadow
Still-Ian
I checked out vital Spurs earlier and theres no sight of this OAL. Do you think that deep down he wants to be a Villan?
paddy@villa
maybe... maybe he realised that their billionaire owners aren't as good as Randy and the General :D
industrial_musical
I leave you to carry on with your discussions for a day or so yet i come have a look and you lot are still posting about Spurs!!!
OneAaronLennon
"We are the dominant force of the Midlands", OK voiceoftheholte. Let's compare the teams we have to compete with in London compared to the teams you have to compete with in the Midlands; Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham etc are the teams we compete with. Now let's see the teams Villa compete with; Birmingham, West Brom, Wolves etc. Come on, these are all Championship teams bar Birmingham!!! So congratulations on being the "dominant force" in the Midlands.
OneAaronLennon
Still-Ian i like the idea of the joke but isnt a lightbulb needed to make a shadow otherwise it would just be darkness
VillaMalta
Not really - Unless they live in a room with no windows or doors then there will be no light sources to create shadows - Shadows could be created by moonlight or by passing cars and lamposts.
Still-Ian
 

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