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Barry - Football Shouldn't Be Taken For Granted

Gareth Barry has said that the early retirement of Martin Laursen should remind all players to not take their time on the pitch for granted.

Speaking on the official site on the retirement on Laursen he called it devestating for both the player and the club, calling on Martin to look back at his time in claret and blue with a 'great deal of pride'.

'It is devastating news for Martin and for the club.

'He has performed magnificently - not only this season but in previous ones too. He has been really immense.

'I had a quiet word with him just before he announced his decision on Friday. You could tell he was very emotional and very upset but I told him all the lads wished him well for the future.

'I told him he has had a great career and that he should get his feet up now and enjoy the rest of his life.

'This sort of news makes you appreciate playing football. When something like this happens, it just reinforces the need to give 100 per cent every time you step out on to that pitch. You have to respect the game because you never know when your career is going to end.'

It should be a sobering moment for all footballers when things like this happen, it's a short, albeit more than well paid career at the best of times without factoring in injuries and the like.

Be nice to see Martin back in the game at some point though in a coaching capacity, he could work wonders with youngsters coming through - not least in helping to teach them to show the same attitude we always saw from him.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 18 2009

Time: 3:08PM

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Maybe this will show Barry that he should appreciate the captains armband, the adulation from the supporters and the guaranteed first XI position he holds. Im sure that would have been appreciated from Martin Laursen. At his press conference he said that his greatest memory is the past two seasons - when asked why not the AC Milan Champions League final win he said 'because I did not play' Forward 10 years will Barry say the same about Liverpools trophies and reflect back on his years as a Villa captain!!?
deano.avfc
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18/05/2009 15:19:00

Maybe this will show Barry that he should appreciate the captains armband, the adulation from the supporters and the guaranteed first XI position he holds. Im sure that would have been appreciated from Martin Laursen. At his press conference he said that his greatest memory is the past two seasons - when asked why not the AC Milan Champions League final win he said 'because I did not play' Forward 10 years will Barry say the same about Liverpools trophies and reflect back on his years as a Villa captain!!?
deano.avfc
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18/05/2009 15:19:00

Maybe this will show Barry that he should appreciate the captains armband, the adulation from the supporters and the guaranteed first XI position he holds. Im sure that would have been appreciated from Martin Laursen. At his press conference he said that his greatest memory is the past two seasons - when asked why not the AC Milan Champions League final win he said 'because I did not play' Forward 10 years will Barry say the same about Liverpools trophies and reflect back on his years as a Villa captain!!?
deano.avfc
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18/05/2009 15:19:00

Maybe this will show Barry that he should appreciate the captains armband, the adulation from the supporters and the guaranteed first XI position he holds. Im sure that would have been appreciated from Martin Laursen. At his press conference he said that his greatest memory is the past two seasons - when asked why not the AC Milan Champions League final win he said 'because I did not play' Forward 10 years will Barry say the same about Liverpools trophies and reflect back on his years as a Villa captain!!?
deano.avfc
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18/05/2009 15:19:00

nicely put deano.avfc, would be lovely for Barry to see, much like his mate Gerrard, he 'fits' at Villa and could be a rarity, a one team player.
The Fear
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18/05/2009 16:45:00

nicely put deano.avfc, would be lovely for Barry to see, much like his mate Gerrard, he 'fits' at Villa and could be a rarity, a one team player.
The Fear
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18/05/2009 16:45:00

I think this news is more likely to make Barry think he needs to move on and play Champs League footy ASAP before his own career comes to an end. Would love him to stay but I'm resigned to the fact we've lost our 2 best players this summer and they are gonna be near impossible to replace!
DeanoVilla
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18/05/2009 17:28:00

I think this news is more likely to make Barry think he needs to move on and play Champs League footy ASAP before his own career comes to an end. Would love him to stay but I'm resigned to the fact we've lost our 2 best players this summer and they are gonna be near impossible to replace!
DeanoVilla
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18/05/2009 17:28:00

he has a point, injury can be so unforgiving, I recall our very own Roberto Di Matteo being forced to retire very early because of a broken leg that saw nerves affected in his foot!
merlin
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18/05/2009 19:53:00

he has a point, injury can be so unforgiving, I recall our very own Roberto Di Matteo being forced to retire very early because of a broken leg that saw nerves affected in his foot!
merlin
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18/05/2009 19:53:00

Agree with Deano and TheFear. I think Barry fits well at Villa and I hope he stays too. On the other hand, if he decides to go, I think he has earned that priviledge and I would wish him all the best!
villa_de
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19/05/2009 17:45:00

Agree with Deano and TheFear. I think Barry fits well at Villa and I hope he stays too. On the other hand, if he decides to go, I think he has earned that priviledge and I would wish him all the best!
villa_de
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19/05/2009 17:45:00

I would wish him well too but it would hurt me to see him go...I really hope he signs on
Euro_Champs_82
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19/05/2009 23:01:00

I would wish him well too but it would hurt me to see him go...I really hope he signs on
Euro_Champs_82
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19/05/2009 23:01:00

 

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