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Barry Happy With Improvement And 5th Place

Barry Happy With Improvement And 5th Place

Gareth Barry has called on fans to look at the bigger picture, and not our disappointment at slipping from 4th Place when we evaluate the season.

Speaking to the Express and Star Barry says that although we'll keep battling for a 4th Place finish, if we only achieve 5th then we would have had a good season again.

"Would fifth be progress? I think it definitely would be. No matter what you say, if you get to fifth from sixth then that is an improvement.

"Given we were minutes away from going eight points clear at one stage it`s so easy to look at it now and be disappointed.

"But for the fans it`s important to look at the bigger picture. We will keep battling for fourth but if we do end up fifth the club has had a good season again."

Whether 5th Place is good enough for Barry to desire staying with us is still open for debate, but there is no doubt overall this season we have improved in the league and potentially we should've done better but that's football for you.

At the start of the season we'd have all taken a Top 6 finish again, stability and steady growth is what we needed this season and in the league it's what we achieved.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday April 24 2009
Time: 3:56PM


Not good enough for some (me EXCLUDED)
24/04/2009 16:05:00
Fifth is an improvement. At the start of the season I wanted improvement, so it seems I've got my wish. Fourth would have been fantastic for us all, though I reckon it may have come too early in the (re)development of the team. GB can stay or go, he's served the club well, the only disappointment being last summer's debacle.
24/04/2009 16:15:00
If we finish a place higher than last year, on more points than the 60 we got last season, despite having played an extra 14 games then that would be improvment. Personally I think the club is more stable and forward thinking than at any time in my lifetime.
24/04/2009 17:09:00
If we finish 5th - and on current form, you'd say Everton are much the more likey to - then, technically, it would be an improvement. But leaving aside whether profound progress has been made or not, it will only be a case of 1 step forwards, x steps back. Exactly what that 'x' will be isn't clear at this stage, but it could be a lot worse than 2.
24/04/2009 17:28:00
Fourth would have been a dream! Fifth is still very good! Even sixth would have been more than ok, and consolidation, and a proof that last year wasn't a fluke and that we are going places and the 5 year plan is on schedule! If you think the 3 of the CL semi-finalists are from the Top 4, and that so far not one PL club has been knocked out by any other European teams, it puts a fifth place finish in perspective! Stil makes me wonder just how far we could have gone in the Uefa cup if we had really tried! But I doubt that Barry will stay if an offer comes in from a Top 4 club. He has been a great servant, and I hope he still stays! Maybe now he has a solid England place, and England look set for South Africa, he wont be so bothered as before about playing CL footy!
24/04/2009 21:09:00
villa_de they are wise comments re CL standings related to our PL standing and on that basis we are definately making progress. I for one would never want us to lose GB as he is part of the Villa family and the backbone of our team. Almost impossible to replace. I say let GB have a say on who we buy so he has no excuses and offer a bumper pay deal to boot!
holte ender 1969
26/04/2009 02:57:00
As a fan, I'd like to call on Gareth Barry to look at the bigger picture, and not our disappointment at slipping from 4th Place when he evaluates whether to stay or not at the end of the season. :P
27/04/2009 01:44:00
Thats it AVFC4ME, exactly what I was thinking. 5th is improvement, so some might be disappointed etc, but I think we all need to realise that we are still moving in the right direction.
27/04/2009 09:40:00
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