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£areth Barry - Man City Match His Ambi£ions

Manchester City boss (for now) Mark Hughes has spoken to the City Official site about new signing Gareth Barry.

'Gareth is widely acknowledged as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League, and that is a recommendation in itself. When players of his quality become available then you have to be in the market for them, so we are absolutely delighted that we have been able to conclude this deal. The experience required to compete with the best in the Premier League is vital, and with Gareth we get the experience of someone who has played week-in, week-out in the hardest league in the world. He plays at a level that has an impact on the game, and we are thrilled that he is joining us.'

He also says that Barry will give him some 'flexibility' adding 'I have spoken to him briefly, and I will do at greater length soon. It’s clear to everybody that being at City is going to be exciting in the future, and Gareth sees that.'

Makes you wonder what Barry saw at Villa then?

Barry last season, according to Sky, had 5 goals (ok, I knew that bit) and 7 assists (not that great really).

Not sure how these clubs can be so quick in the transfer market but I AM pleased this situation has been done quickly, not how we wanted but at least the saga is over.

Barry said: 'I'm delighted to be joining City. It didn't take much persuasion from Mark Hughes, they are heading in the direction I want to go. There is great potential here, and I'm sure there will be a few more additions to the squad this summer.'

So Hughes convinces him and MON and/or Villa can't? Are there question marks or is this all about money? Must admit, if I was offered the sort of money the reports are suggesting, I'd not think that long and hard AND you have to say with him only having one more season on his contract £12million to Villa is a good deal. I am sure that Randy Lerner was 100% in earnest when he said he'd allow Barry to run down his contract rather than have to sell him BUT if the player says he wants out AGAIN, then what do you do?

Cash in is probably the right answer, just such a shame it has happened, we need to be building, we've lost our two best players and I have to agree with a text I got from Erod (mate and Vital Villa member) saying he thought the days of selling our best players was over when Doug left.

Onward and upward, lets hope the next transfer is INTO Villa and not out, has it not just got a bit harder to convince players of our ambition with those quotes and the exit from Barry though? Not got the answers I'm afraid, just the questions!




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Date:Tuesday June 2 2009

Time: 8:03PM

Your Comments

what a *****ty day!
The Fear
what a *****ty day!
The Fear
When was the Season ticket renewals up again ?????
ASPINALL
When was the Season ticket renewals up again ?????
ASPINALL
can't believe Barry has gone to City - WHY? Remind me!
merlin
can't believe Barry has gone to City - WHY? Remind me!
merlin
Money,new challenge,better chance of a trophy/top 4,bigger stadium,playing with better players/manager.
ASPINALL
It's all about ambition. He was told ours when he agreed to stay on for the season. As said before, talking is one thing but I'd be surprised if Barry 'saw' the ambition he was promised.< br>< br>Look at his choice of words, not that Man City are an improving club or that he's joining a club on the up but they are 'heading in the direction I want to go'. That's a pretty specific comment to make.
mike_field
Money,new challenge,better chance of a trophy/top 4,bigger stadium,playing with better players/manager.
ASPINALL
It's all about ambition. He was told ours when he agreed to stay on for the season. As said before, talking is one thing but I'd be surprised if Barry 'saw' the ambition he was promised.< br>< br>Look at his choice of words, not that Man City are an improving club or that he's joining a club on the up but they are 'heading in the direction I want to go'. That's a pretty specific comment to make.
mike_field
Don't care about the stadium Aspinall, not sure about the players or the manager. But regardless, Villa are my team and have been all my life, I won't be moving on, for better or for worse. Lets face it, Barry isn't a spring chicken anymore and he is not the complete individual in midfield, lets hope we can restructure now that he is out of the equation and accomodate a different playing style. I'm glad we got 12M for him tbh.
Charizma
Don't care about the stadium Aspinall, not sure about the players or the manager. But regardless, Villa are my team and have been all my life, I won't be moving on, for better or for worse. Lets face it, Barry isn't a spring chicken anymore and he is not the complete individual in midfield, lets hope we can restructure now that he is out of the equation and accomodate a different playing style. I'm glad we got 12M for him tbh.
Charizma
Get real for ***** sake, he went for the money and a taste of the big time which is sure to be coming to man city and i say good on him i would have done the same.After 5 seasons there and only 3 actually playing every week him and his grandkids will be set for life.Good luck to him,He is replaceable.
lerneravfc
Get real for ***** sake, he went for the money and a taste of the big time which is sure to be coming to man city and i say good on him i would have done the same.After 5 seasons there and only 3 actually playing every week him and his grandkids will be set for life.Good luck to him,He is replaceable.
lerneravfc
Now City will be hated just as much as Chel$ea and rightfully so. Yes they should have the right to sign great players and challenge the top 4, but what they are doing and what Chelsea did is stupid. Is Barry worth 120,000 a week?? WTF 120,0000 for Barry? Then what is Garrard, Torres, Rooney, Lady boy, Messi and Kaka going to ask for 260,0000 a week? Is Man ****y ruining football? Yes. Not because they dare to challenge the top4 but because they have to pay over the odds like Chelsea to get good players in to make up for their lack of prestige and CL football at there club. I’m not jealous about their spending power cause just like Chelsea some players just won’t go to their Club no matter how much money they throw at them because some players would rather say they played in a Milan, Barca, Liverpool and ManU shirt not “I played in a City shirt.” Or at least say “I was a one club man”. Too bad Barry isn’t one of those players.
Klutch
Where are the quotes saying thank you to the Villa faithful !! This really strikes a nerve with me - after 10+ years with the club this is the 1st thing he should be putting over! Credibility - nil! We pathetic people think Ronaldo, Barry or any of these footballers play us - the fans! Nah - they play for money, personal fame and ego... Fans - we are just a cash cow for them. They'll claim to see greener grass but in reality they will move on for the £££s....
bazzah
Now City will be hated just as much as Chel$ea and rightfully so. Yes they should have the right to sign great players and challenge the top 4, but what they are doing and what Chelsea did is stupid. Is Barry worth 120,000 a week?? WTF 120,0000 for Barry? Then what is Garrard, Torres, Rooney, Lady boy, Messi and Kaka going to ask for 260,0000 a week? Is Man ****y ruining football? Yes. Not because they dare to challenge the top4 but because they have to pay over the odds like Chelsea to get good players in to make up for their lack of prestige and CL football at there club. I’m not jealous about their spending power cause just like Chelsea some players just won’t go to their Club no matter how much money they throw at them because some players would rather say they played in a Milan, Barca, Liverpool and ManU shirt not “I played in a City shirt.” Or at least say “I was a one club man”. Too bad Barry isn’t one of those players.
Klutch
Where are the quotes saying thank you to the Villa faithful !! This really strikes a nerve with me - after 10+ years with the club this is the 1st thing he should be putting over! Credibility - nil! We pathetic people think Ronaldo, Barry or any of these footballers play us - the fans! Nah - they play for money, personal fame and ego... Fans - we are just a cash cow for them. They'll claim to see greener grass but in reality they will move on for the £££s....
bazzah
Out with part of the old regime who's not used to winning things, in with the new boys and a new winning mentality. Shame that it wasn't a swap for some of theri young talent who won't get a game up there but surely MON wouldn't want to buy so early with a whole 3 months left to twiddle his thumbs before the final day influx of Heskeyesque ex players that he managed at old clubs!!
Villan444
£unt
Longman
Out with part of the old regime who's not used to winning things, in with the new boys and a new winning mentality. Shame that it wasn't a swap for some of theri young talent who won't get a game up there but surely MON wouldn't want to buy so early with a whole 3 months left to twiddle his thumbs before the final day influx of Heskeyesque ex players that he managed at old clubs!!
Villan444
£unt
Longman
"they are 'heading in the direction I want to go'. That's a pretty specific comment to make." well, last season they were 9th, this season 10th! so they are going down the table, good luck with that Gareth, I think it was more heading towards a massive pay day : ( that would be my guess at Barry's desired direction, it's obviously not the Champions league as previously stated, it's all about the money.
steff_the_villan
"they are 'heading in the direction I want to go'. That's a pretty specific comment to make." well, last season they were 9th, this season 10th! so they are going down the table, good luck with that Gareth, I think it was more heading towards a massive pay day : ( that would be my guess at Barry's desired direction, it's obviously not the Champions league as previously stated, it's all about the money.
steff_the_villan
Think its good business boys rather than leaving for nothing....If he wanted to leave for champs league I actually understand that....For money tho? Surely Lerner could have matched his salary if he had wanted to. Think you are best rid and I am happy he is not a Liverpool player as Xabi is a class above in my opinion
5 times
Think its good business boys rather than leaving for nothing....If he wanted to leave for champs league I actually understand that....For money tho? Surely Lerner could have matched his salary if he had wanted to. Think you are best rid and I am happy he is not a Liverpool player as Xabi is a class above in my opinion
5 times
I already thought so and in fact today has made my believe even stronger that man city will not end up challanging any time soon. Man city already have a very good midfield with very good players that cant get into the team and then they go and buy another, they will have to sell some of these at a big loss to other teams strenghting them. Man city will buy a new team each transfer window and because its not gelling the owners will think they are crap and replace them. They lack the reputation that Chelsea had when they came into money so had more to offer than money but what else does man city offer?? by the way i do not mean to offend man city but we have to be real about these things.
Tallaght Villan
I already thought so and in fact today has made my believe even stronger that man city will not end up challanging any time soon. Man city already have a very good midfield with very good players that cant get into the team and then they go and buy another, they will have to sell some of these at a big loss to other teams strenghting them. Man city will buy a new team each transfer window and because its not gelling the owners will think they are crap and replace them. They lack the reputation that Chelsea had when they came into money so had more to offer than money but what else does man city offer?? by the way i do not mean to offend man city but we have to be real about these things.
Tallaght Villan
Look at the players that are only in it for the money. Robinho for example did not even know the name of the team he signed for in a well known interview last year and if Barry's track record (demanding to be sold in 2001, almost joining Portsmouth before MON became manager and the whole thing last year) is anything to go by he will not help things. I am not just saying this because we sold him but this whole thing has just made me think.
Tallaght Villan
Look at the players that are only in it for the money. Robinho for example did not even know the name of the team he signed for in a well known interview last year and if Barry's track record (demanding to be sold in 2001, almost joining Portsmouth before MON became manager and the whole thing last year) is anything to go by he will not help things. I am not just saying this because we sold him but this whole thing has just made me think.
Tallaght Villan
im glad its sorted straight away in the sense that now we have loads of time to buy a replacement. and if he went to liverpool, we would have man city trying to buy the replacement we want.
ric112
im glad its sorted straight away in the sense that now we have loads of time to buy a replacement. and if he went to liverpool, we would have man city trying to buy the replacement we want.
ric112
As my boss reminded me this afternoon he has spent a lifetime thinking things wil improve at Man City only for them to shoot themselves in the foot. Gareth Barry has served AVFC admirably, he wants another challenge, seemed determined to go, it appears the top 4 were not over interested and Villa got £12m....disapointing yep but life goes on, it is how Villa replace him that is more important now. No one can compete financially with Citeh...will they do a Chelski? I for one am not convinced and certainly not before Gareth Barry is put out to grass
fatloser
As my boss reminded me this afternoon he has spent a lifetime thinking things wil improve at Man City only for them to shoot themselves in the foot. Gareth Barry has served AVFC admirably, he wants another challenge, seemed determined to go, it appears the top 4 were not over interested and Villa got £12m....disapointing yep but life goes on, it is how Villa replace him that is more important now. No one can compete financially with Citeh...will they do a Chelski? I for one am not convinced and certainly not before Gareth Barry is put out to grass
fatloser
Face it we all want villa to do a chelsea so we can`t hate city for that.
lerneravfc
Face it we all want villa to do a chelsea so we can`t hate city for that.
lerneravfc
To be honest I would rather build a team of players who really want to play for Villa and that in time would win a league than just go around spending silly money that is being put down as a loan from the owner to ovide paper work as it is at Chelsea and at man city that they have to pay back putting the club in debt. I can see one of these teams going under in a few years. It will be just like Italy a few years ago.
Tallaght Villan
To be honest I would rather build a team of players who really want to play for Villa and that in time would win a league than just go around spending silly money that is being put down as a loan from the owner to ovide paper work as it is at Chelsea and at man city that they have to pay back putting the club in debt. I can see one of these teams going under in a few years. It will be just like Italy a few years ago.
Tallaght Villan
if hes so ***** why are you all so f**ing upset about him leaving if you seriously think your club is ready to challenge the top four then wouldnt liverpool be your rivals to.and if hes coming for the money so what! hes been loyal to you lot for years yet look how you go on when he finally decides hes had enough,maybe he was as sick about your surrender in the uefa cup this season as the rest of the football world and is it any wonder he wants away from you lot, oh and for your info hes on the same money you offered him, so i guess its not about the cash afte all is it??
italia7482
if hes so ***** why are you all so f**ing upset about him leaving if you seriously think your club is ready to challenge the top four then wouldnt liverpool be your rivals to.and if hes coming for the money so what! hes been loyal to you lot for years yet look how you go on when he finally decides hes had enough,maybe he was as sick about your surrender in the uefa cup this season as the rest of the football world and is it any wonder he wants away from you lot, oh and for your info hes on the same money you offered him, so i guess its not about the cash afte all is it??
italia7482
Man City want Champions League football, we want (and are happy) to finish 6th every season, dont blame him,
young_jonah
I dont think he has gone to City for the money I think he painted himself into a corner with that saga last summer and presumebly making it clear that he wanted to go again,he must have assumed Liverpool would come in for him.I dont begrudge City this is the most common sense signing they've made.I have a horrible feeling that Sidwell and Reo Coker will be our replacement.
Pking
Man City want Champions League football, we want (and are happy) to finish 6th every season, dont blame him,
young_jonah
I dont think he has gone to City for the money I think he painted himself into a corner with that saga last summer and presumebly making it clear that he wanted to go again,he must have assumed Liverpool would come in for him.I dont begrudge City this is the most common sense signing they've made.I have a horrible feeling that Sidwell and Reo Coker will be our replacement.
Pking
I am not anoyed about him leaving, just the way he went about it. Also loyal, hes demanded transfers many times and caused disruption in the team. He is a good player sad to lose but what can you do and no one really knows what money hes on but going by reports he is on more than double what he was on and 35K more than we just offered him.
Tallaght Villan
I am not anoyed about him leaving, just the way he went about it. Also loyal, hes demanded transfers many times and caused disruption in the team. He is a good player sad to lose but what can you do and no one really knows what money hes on but going by reports he is on more than double what he was on and 35K more than we just offered him.
Tallaght Villan
He proved he wanted the money, he's gone now and for decent money I have no interest in him (apart for as an england fan). what is important for me now is what does MON do? this happened quickly I would like to see laursen and barry replacements in before the end of the month (this month that is). Is there no mention of Hart,Richards,Johnson and Sturridge?!!
johnmurphy3112
He proved he wanted the money, he's gone now and for decent money I have no interest in him (apart for as an england fan). what is important for me now is what does MON do? this happened quickly I would like to see laursen and barry replacements in before the end of the month (this month that is). Is there no mention of Hart,Richards,Johnson and Sturridge?!!
johnmurphy3112
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pksandell
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pksandell
Just proves he wanted out last time for money and now has bucked at the first time of seeing the ££ signs. Glad Randy and MON got rid of the money grabbing waster who did not want to wear the claret and blue. A quality replacements are now needed for the scum bag and then the legend who sadley retired. Big money now needs to be spent to carry on the assult on the top 4 and leave city behind while they buy all the big names who do not even get on with each other let alone play football together. MON we trust.
pksandell
Just proves he wanted out last time for money and now has bucked at the first time of seeing the ££ signs. Glad Randy and MON got rid of the money grabbing waster who did not want to wear the claret and blue. A quality replacements are now needed for the scum bag and then the legend who sadley retired. Big money now needs to be spent to carry on the assult on the top 4 and leave city behind while they buy all the big names who do not even get on with each other let alone play football together. MON we trust.
pksandell
I can`t believe you people are comparing City with Chelsea. We were in the Champions League before we were bought by Abramovich. Of course we overspent, but we had Champions League status, and a couple of recent trophies. City have none of that.
k_chelski
I can`t believe you people are comparing City with Chelsea. We were in the Champions League before we were bought by Abramovich. Of course we overspent, but we had Champions League status, and a couple of recent trophies. City have none of that.
k_chelski
good luck to the guy sorry to see him go but thats life. and l must say well done to mark hughes thats the way to do a deal. as for replaceing barry M.o.n as already said it will be sidwell and reo coker
one match ban
good luck to the guy sorry to see him go but thats life. and l must say well done to mark hughes thats the way to do a deal. as for replaceing barry M.o.n as already said it will be sidwell and reo coker
one match ban
I think the replacement will be Bentley and a shift with Milner in the middle alongside 2 from Petrov/Barry/Reo-Coker/Gardner with big JC up on his own.
deano.avfc
I think the replacement will be Bentley and a shift with Milner in the middle alongside 2 from Petrov/Barry/Reo-Coker/Gardner with big JC up on his own.
deano.avfc
young_jonah, you're right. I'm surprised that none of the top 4 have come in for him, because he would have improved each and every one of them (and I include Liverpool in that because it is very likely that Alonso is off to Real Madrid). But there's no question that Man City are serious about getting Champion's League football (and signing GB is a massive step towards that), whereas Villa simply aren't. Gareth Barry was told that Villa were serious about amking a go of it last season, and look who we signed. Now wait and see who Man City sign, and you will have your answer as to why Barry has opted to go and play for City rather than stay at Villa.
Albarnista
young_jonah, you're right. I'm surprised that none of the top 4 have come in for him, because he would have improved each and every one of them (and I include Liverpool in that because it is very likely that Alonso is off to Real Madrid). But there's no question that Man City are serious about getting Champion's League football (and signing GB is a massive step towards that), whereas Villa simply aren't. Gareth Barry was told that Villa were serious about amking a go of it last season, and look who we signed. Now wait and see who Man City sign, and you will have your answer as to why Barry has opted to go and play for City rather than stay at Villa.
Albarnista
i actually feel sorry for Barry i know his best mate his now his advisor but this move makes no sense at all on his part. Yes Man Citeh unfortunately may make champions league soon but not until Barry is in his early thirties. He's earnt good money already at Villa he's admitted that himself. Villa laid a good offer on the table for him. He could have earnt good money for another 12months and played out his contract and gone for free at the end.. No one could begrudge him then. Man Utd, LFC, Chelsea or Arsenal all could have had him. What a bafoon. I really hope they fail in their attempt at buying there way up the league its disgusting. Hughes is a *****e manager anyway. Blue Moon I say *****e moon hope his switch is as successful as Darius Vassells. MUGS
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
Showing my age with these 2 songs ("Mammy" and "My Bonny lies over the ocean") Barry, Barry, You went a hundred miles for millions of pounds, oh Barry Our Barry is the man in motion, Our Barry is the one to see, Our Barry gets our devotion Our Barry is the one for me, for me! Bannan, Bannan Oh Bannan is the one for me, for me!
stennyvilla
You don't need characters like Barry, he's an excellent player but he's set for life financially anyway and at the age of 28 he had one last chance to join a club and win something, instead he's gone for one last payday. City probably will become a force, but it won't be until Barry's in his 30s, and when they qualify for the CL in 2/3 years time do you think they'll keep a 30+ Barry? No, they'll ship him out. If I were a Villa fan I'd say good business for a 28 year old with one year left on his deal, get someone in who sees that Villa are going places. He says Citeh are going in the right direction, well they finished 8th last year and 10th this, so he obviously hasn't even bothered to look that up before making such a stupid comment.
Little Dutch
i actually feel sorry for Barry i know his best mate his now his advisor but this move makes no sense at all on his part. Yes Man Citeh unfortunately may make champions league soon but not until Barry is in his early thirties. He's earnt good money already at Villa he's admitted that himself. Villa laid a good offer on the table for him. He could have earnt good money for another 12months and played out his contract and gone for free at the end.. No one could begrudge him then. Man Utd, LFC, Chelsea or Arsenal all could have had him. What a bafoon. I really hope they fail in their attempt at buying there way up the league its disgusting. Hughes is a *****e manager anyway. Blue Moon I say *****e moon hope his switch is as successful as Darius Vassells. MUGS
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
Showing my age with these 2 songs ("Mammy" and "My Bonny lies over the ocean") Barry, Barry, You went a hundred miles for millions of pounds, oh Barry Our Barry is the man in motion, Our Barry is the one to see, Our Barry gets our devotion Our Barry is the one for me, for me! Bannan, Bannan Oh Bannan is the one for me, for me!
stennyvilla
You don't need characters like Barry, he's an excellent player but he's set for life financially anyway and at the age of 28 he had one last chance to join a club and win something, instead he's gone for one last payday. City probably will become a force, but it won't be until Barry's in his 30s, and when they qualify for the CL in 2/3 years time do you think they'll keep a 30+ Barry? No, they'll ship him out. If I were a Villa fan I'd say good business for a 28 year old with one year left on his deal, get someone in who sees that Villa are going places. He says Citeh are going in the right direction, well they finished 8th last year and 10th this, so he obviously hasn't even bothered to look that up before making such a stupid comment.
Little Dutch
SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB!
DVall
SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB! SCAB!
DVall
stennyvilla, decent reference, I would have contemporised slightly with the Manic Street Preachers, "Money makes me put pen to paper/ and turns me into a gutless wonder."
Little Dutch
stennyvilla, decent reference, I would have contemporised slightly with the Manic Street Preachers, "Money makes me put pen to paper/ and turns me into a gutless wonder."
Little Dutch
Villa could not have done much more to finish fourth,alot of money has been spent,I think they've spent about as much as possible without plunging the club into debt,and for Barry to imply that the club have'nt shown enough ambition is a low blow.The only thing that would have been worse for Barry than missing out on 4th with Villa would have been Villa finishing 4th,he would have had to have stayed.He fell for Liverpools mind games last year,Liverpool didnt think Villa would force him to stay.A top quality player wouldnt have acted as desperatley as Barry did last year.If he was so great he would have been snapped up years ago.
Pking
Villa could not have done much more to finish fourth,alot of money has been spent,I think they've spent about as much as possible without plunging the club into debt,and for Barry to imply that the club have'nt shown enough ambition is a low blow.The only thing that would have been worse for Barry than missing out on 4th with Villa would have been Villa finishing 4th,he would have had to have stayed.He fell for Liverpools mind games last year,Liverpool didnt think Villa would force him to stay.A top quality player wouldnt have acted as desperatley as Barry did last year.If he was so great he would have been snapped up years ago.
Pking
No Micah Richards then?
Stourbridge Villan
No Micah Richards then?
Stourbridge Villan
Im not bitter by the way :)
Pking
Im not bitter by the way :)
Pking
I'm sure all you Villains knew it was just a matter of when Barry left. I confess at some surprise that after all the overtures from Liverpool City were able to sign him. But he ticks all the boxes for us: great passer, good at free kicks, good engine room, aggressive tackler, leadership. Oh he's good. City only finished 10th this season so from a Blue ppoint of view he is exactly the right sort of player for us. Why he had wanted to move on for so long I don't know., However, he did spend 12 years of his career (that's two thirds of most) playing for Villa. I certainly hope we do match his ambitions. Having said that, I am 100% sure wily O'Neill has his replacement(s) already liined up.
Sindbad
I'm sure all you Villains knew it was just a matter of when Barry left. I confess at some surprise that after all the overtures from Liverpool City were able to sign him. But he ticks all the boxes for us: great passer, good at free kicks, good engine room, aggressive tackler, leadership. Oh he's good. City only finished 10th this season so from a Blue ppoint of view he is exactly the right sort of player for us. Why he had wanted to move on for so long I don't know., However, he did spend 12 years of his career (that's two thirds of most) playing for Villa. I certainly hope we do match his ambitions. Having said that, I am 100% sure wily O'Neill has his replacement(s) already liined up.
Sindbad
A few points - 1) MON can now construct a midfield based on pace, flair, steel and merit none of which Barry could provide. 2) £12M for a player his age with only a year left is a good deal and at least its been done early and cleanly. 3) Agree on the Chelsea point, they were a top four team before the russian money ( Vialli, Ranieri etc won cups and etc) 4) City fans have suffered like us during the past decade don't begrudge them good times but they will struggle to create a team out of all the pre madonnas they are signing. 5) Albarnista does this mean you'll become a City fan now and just **** off to their site, taking your negative bile with you?
AVbornandbred
A few points - 1) MON can now construct a midfield based on pace, flair, steel and merit none of which Barry could provide. 2) £12M for a player his age with only a year left is a good deal and at least its been done early and cleanly. 3) Agree on the Chelsea point, they were a top four team before the russian money ( Vialli, Ranieri etc won cups and etc) 4) City fans have suffered like us during the past decade don't begrudge them good times but they will struggle to create a team out of all the pre madonnas they are signing. 5) Albarnista does this mean you'll become a City fan now and just **** off to their site, taking your negative bile with you?
AVbornandbred
Fair do's Sinbad I dont think too many begrudge City,if yous do start winning everything please dont start acting like a shower of to$$ers.
Pking
Fair do's Sinbad I dont think too many begrudge City,if yous do start winning everything please dont start acting like a shower of to$$ers.
Pking
I was over the moon when I found out we were being bought by a billionaire so I can't complain about City.The way City's owners are going about things seems more risky than the way we're doing things,and possibly less satisfying.Id be happy to see the top 4 blown apart though.
Pking
I was over the moon when I found out we were being bought by a billionaire so I can't complain about City.The way City's owners are going about things seems more risky than the way we're doing things,and possibly less satisfying.Id be happy to see the top 4 blown apart though.
Pking
Dont let us down MON. Balls firmly in your court now to find us the creative goal scoring midfileder we've been missing for the past 10 years. There are a number of quality foreign players who would jump at the chance to play for us. The money is there, no excuses this transfer window.
son_of_cher
Dont let us down MON. Balls firmly in your court now to find us the creative goal scoring midfileder we've been missing for the past 10 years. There are a number of quality foreign players who would jump at the chance to play for us. The money is there, no excuses this transfer window.
son_of_cher
OK, let's put this into perspective. So Barry's gone. So what! The club is bigger than any player. Let me explain: I remember Danny Blanchflower, Gerry Hitchens, Gareth Southgate and now this Gareth leaving us "to further their ambitions". Blanchflower made a good decision because of Spurs achievements in the 60s. Gerry had to go to Italy to achieve his dreams although I still remember with such pleasure him scoring five goals past Willie Duff when we whupped Charlton 11-1! Mr Southgate, along with the other two went for the cash and came unstuck as did Boatang and Egihou. His greatest achievement as a player or manager after leaving us was to take Middlesbrough down last year. I suppose you can't blame Barry for leaving for the cash that is being thrown around, but ambition - give me a break. I was back in the UK for the first game of last season and City looked certainties for the drop. Didn't see much throughout the early to middle part of last season to change my mind. My point in all this: We won the League in 81 and European Cup in 82 with players who wanted to play for us. Keep your heads up guys. The five year plan is still in place. We still have many good players in the side and a lot of good young kids. I've seen enough in my wonderful team over the years to know it will happen.
VillainOz
OK, let's put this into perspective. So Barry's gone. So what! The club is bigger than any player. Let me explain: I remember Danny Blanchflower, Gerry Hitchens, Gareth Southgate and now this Gareth leaving us "to further their ambitions". Blanchflower made a good decision because of Spurs achievements in the 60s. Gerry had to go to Italy to achieve his dreams although I still remember with such pleasure him scoring five goals past Willie Duff when we whupped Charlton 11-1! Mr Southgate, along with the other two went for the cash and came unstuck as did Boatang and Egihou. His greatest achievement as a player or manager after leaving us was to take Middlesbrough down last year. I suppose you can't blame Barry for leaving for the cash that is being thrown around, but ambition - give me a break. I was back in the UK for the first game of last season and City looked certainties for the drop. Didn't see much throughout the early to middle part of last season to change my mind. My point in all this: We won the League in 81 and European Cup in 82 with players who wanted to play for us. Keep your heads up guys. The five year plan is still in place. We still have many good players in the side and a lot of good young kids. I've seen enough in my wonderful team over the years to know it will happen.
VillainOz
Well said
Pking
Well said
Pking
At last.......it will turn out to be a good thing, he's a good player.....but not a great player. Lets be honest, its defense where we are screwed, not midfield. On the bright side, his massive pay rise will allow him to afford an even better TV to watch the world cup on next year, cause he won't be playing there next year now.
astonmilan
At last.......it will turn out to be a good thing, he's a good player.....but not a great player. Lets be honest, its defense where we are screwed, not midfield. On the bright side, his massive pay rise will allow him to afford an even better TV to watch the world cup on next year, cause he won't be playing there next year now.
astonmilan
Agree Oz, Blessing in disguise Barry going if repalced with a quality player. Fair play he's a great footballer but is not a true goal scorer like Lamps, Gerrard etc. He doesnt get in the box enough and doesnt boss the midfield in big games.
son_of_cher
Agree Oz, Blessing in disguise Barry going if repalced with a quality player. Fair play he's a great footballer but is not a true goal scorer like Lamps, Gerrard etc. He doesnt get in the box enough and doesnt boss the midfield in big games.
son_of_cher
maybe we all became a bit obsessed with Gareth Barry and with him gone we can move on. it may actually lighten things up a bit. what i'd like to see is MON spend the 12mil we got for him on one player, not 2 or 3. standard liege apparently want 10? for Defour, who really is class.
leftfoot
maybe we all became a bit obsessed with Gareth Barry and with him gone we can move on. it may actually lighten things up a bit. what i'd like to see is MON spend the 12mil we got for him on one player, not 2 or 3. standard liege apparently want 10? for Defour, who really is class.
leftfoot
Sindbad, just so you aren't surprised next season...he never takes free kicks and he isn't an aggressive tackler - Although he is favoured in the holding role for England, it is because of his composure on the ball and ability to play his way out of trouble, not his defensive qualities! But he is great at keeping hold of the ball and is a very good passer. I'm sure you will appreciate his talents next season. If we can bring in a good replacement then we can be stronger without him
Villa4Europe
Sindbad, just so you aren't surprised next season...he never takes free kicks and he isn't an aggressive tackler - Although he is favoured in the holding role for England, it is because of his composure on the ball and ability to play his way out of trouble, not his defensive qualities! But he is great at keeping hold of the ball and is a very good passer. I'm sure you will appreciate his talents next season. If we can bring in a good replacement then we can be stronger without him
Villa4Europe
This Defour character is certainly being banded around a lot lately. Aint got a clue about him but i think its time we went for a foreign maestro as no available English midfielders tick all the boxes required.
son_of_cher
This Defour character is certainly being banded around a lot lately. Aint got a clue about him but i think its time we went for a foreign maestro as no available English midfielders tick all the boxes required.
son_of_cher
If this Defour really is the business i expect him to sign for Madrid within the next few weeks....a bit like Sneijder 2 years ago!
son_of_cher
If this Defour really is the business i expect him to sign for Madrid within the next few weeks....a bit like Sneijder 2 years ago!
son_of_cher
Apparently it is £120K per week and a £5m signig on fee. We have had his best years and it would of been as foolish for the Villa not to except the money as it would have ben for Barry not to move on. No doubt there will be some neanderthals who will spit their dummy out. It would be interesting to know if those who are slagging Barry off, have showed their boss 12 years loyalty and would stay in their job if a similar organisation had offered them a years wages up front and a triple your money deal?
voiceoftheholte
Apparently it is £120K per week and a £5m signig on fee. We have had his best years and it would of been as foolish for the Villa not to except the money as it would have ben for Barry not to move on. No doubt there will be some neanderthals who will spit their dummy out. It would be interesting to know if those who are slagging Barry off, have showed their boss 12 years loyalty and would stay in their job if a similar organisation had offered them a years wages up front and a triple your money deal?
voiceoftheholte
How have Everton coped since Rooney was sold for silly money? Quite well, actually, because one man does not make a team. Barry kept getting MoM's last season while Stan Petrov was clearly the best midfielder we had. Why? We will manage without him, and now I can see why Sidders and Hokey Cokey were told they have a future at Villa. Petrov and Milner in a central role, anyone? Gardner? Osbourne? Not short of options, are we?? As long as none of those are played at RB!!!!
Madirish
Barry said: 'I'm delighted to be joining City. It didn't take much persuasion from Mark Hughes, they are heading in the direction I want to go. There is great potential here, and I'm sure there will be a few more additions to the squad this summer.' ...says everything you need to know about AVFC
Euro_Champs_82
How have Everton coped since Rooney was sold for silly money? Quite well, actually, because one man does not make a team. Barry kept getting MoM's last season while Stan Petrov was clearly the best midfielder we had. Why? We will manage without him, and now I can see why Sidders and Hokey Cokey were told they have a future at Villa. Petrov and Milner in a central role, anyone? Gardner? Osbourne? Not short of options, are we?? As long as none of those are played at RB!!!!
Madirish
Barry said: 'I'm delighted to be joining City. It didn't take much persuasion from Mark Hughes, they are heading in the direction I want to go. There is great potential here, and I'm sure there will be a few more additions to the squad this summer.' ...says everything you need to know about AVFC
Euro_Champs_82
Barry has been at Villa since Noah fell out of the ark. If O'Neill cannot, or will not, replace him adequately then this his his fault not Barry's. Barry clearly wanted out and the people calling him a scab/money grabber are clowns. Good luck Villa, I hope you do well. However, Barry wanted out and Villa's slipping down the league would not have convinced him to spend another frustrating year fighting for fouth and ending up sixth. As to City, I imagine Kompany will go back to centre half and Dunne will leave. If O'Neill is on the ball (maybe? maybe not?) he will try and sign Richard Dunne; a quality defender.
HootingMad
Barry has been at Villa since Noah fell out of the ark. If O'Neill cannot, or will not, replace him adequately then this his his fault not Barry's. Barry clearly wanted out and the people calling him a scab/money grabber are clowns. Good luck Villa, I hope you do well. However, Barry wanted out and Villa's slipping down the league would not have convinced him to spend another frustrating year fighting for fouth and ending up sixth. As to City, I imagine Kompany will go back to centre half and Dunne will leave. If O'Neill is on the ball (maybe? maybe not?) he will try and sign Richard Dunne; a quality defender.
HootingMad
To the people who say good on him for joining city for the money - this guy was already earning £2.5million a year! Why should it be excusable to join for more money? Especially when we offered him over 3.5 million a year in a new contract! Have to admit I was blind and thought he loved the villa, but just really wanted champions league footy, which non of us would begrudge him. Im gutted tbh. I know it's good business, but then who the hell will 12million get us in terms of a top-4-quality CM? Also, at this rate city are sadly gona overtake us (by cheating nontheless) and we'll start losing players like Ashley Young if we don't make more progress in the next few seasons. Then we have to rebuild from scratch (again). I sincerely hope GB thanked MON for recognising his talent and finally placing him in CM after the 9 years he wasted at LB/LM under the previous 3 managers.
jnvillan
To the people who say good on him for joining city for the money - this guy was already earning £2.5million a year! Why should it be excusable to join for more money? Especially when we offered him over 3.5 million a year in a new contract! Have to admit I was blind and thought he loved the villa, but just really wanted champions league footy, which non of us would begrudge him. Im gutted tbh. I know it's good business, but then who the hell will 12million get us in terms of a top-4-quality CM? Also, at this rate city are sadly gona overtake us (by cheating nontheless) and we'll start losing players like Ashley Young if we don't make more progress in the next few seasons. Then we have to rebuild from scratch (again). I sincerely hope GB thanked MON for recognising his talent and finally placing him in CM after the 9 years he wasted at LB/LM under the previous 3 managers.
jnvillan
Oh and to HootingMad, seeing villa, a team that has used 15/16 players for most PL games this season slip from 4th (which we occupied for half the season) to 6th (for the second consecutive time) surely cannot be comparable to a team that slipped from 9th to 10th in consecutive seasons after laying out 150million pounds on players within that period to 'strengthen' their squad???
jnvillan
Oh and to HootingMad, seeing villa, a team that has used 15/16 players for most PL games this season slip from 4th (which we occupied for half the season) to 6th (for the second consecutive time) surely cannot be comparable to a team that slipped from 9th to 10th in consecutive seasons after laying out 150million pounds on players within that period to 'strengthen' their squad???
jnvillan
jnvillian well you will have to survive with 13/14 next season as it is a well known fact that Villa don't buy. So thats 10m back in the coffers and 2 mill for a couple of fringe players.
TeddyLyon
jnvillian well you will have to survive with 13/14 next season as it is a well known fact that Villa don't buy. So thats 10m back in the coffers and 2 mill for a couple of fringe players.
TeddyLyon
I would suggest that he leaves his parents and wife at home when he makes his "difficult" return to Villa park. In my opinion he has cut his ties to Villa and does not become a Villa Legend.
AVFC_WSM
I would suggest that he leaves his parents and wife at home when he makes his "difficult" return to Villa park. In my opinion he has cut his ties to Villa and does not become a Villa Legend.
AVFC_WSM
'Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to 'Grab That Money!!, I'm your host, Bobby fett. Lets meet tonights contestant - Gareth from Hastings'
bobbyfett
'Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to 'Grab That Money!!, I'm your host, Bobby fett. Lets meet tonights contestant - Gareth from Hastings'
bobbyfett
Right time to move on, i am gutted but lets look 2 the future, very very very very very important summer for mr o neil, we need to buy at least 6 or 7 quality players. UP THE VILLA
astonsteve
Right time to move on, i am gutted but lets look 2 the future, very very very very very important summer for mr o neil, we need to buy at least 6 or 7 quality players. UP THE VILLA
astonsteve
I love Aston Villa :)
mattyslost
I love Aston Villa :)
mattyslost
Don't understand your point TeddyLyon. Citeh obviously do buy but their manager doesn't or isn't capable of managing??
Villan444
Don't understand your point TeddyLyon. Citeh obviously do buy but their manager doesn't or isn't capable of managing??
Villan444

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Villan444

Greedy B\'stard
Villan444
Love that picture.....
YatesyVillain
Love that picture.....
YatesyVillain
Sindbad - good points - we've been through this before - NO PLAYER OR MANAGER is bigger than the club - Andy Gray thought he was - we replaced him, Yorke acted disgracefully - we replaced him - the list goes on. The way some are going on it's the end of the world!!! Funny how we get Young_jonah and Albarnista in sync and having a pop at MON again. Man City MAY or MAY NOT finsh above Villa. They may or may not get CL - they have as much chance as Villa Buying "big name" players does not mean success unless they gell and play as a TEAM. There are players in the wings - what's to say young Bannan won't make it ? Oh yes - the fans will call him useless if he doesn't start brilliantly - it took Barry a long time to be the player he is. I'm not worried - we WILL replace him - We will improve - it's over - good luck to him and City. It's only 3rd June for christs sake - WE WILL buy this summer (but I bet there are some here hoping MON fails so we get rid of him). Just my rant
nazvfc
Sindbad - good points - we've been through this before - NO PLAYER OR MANAGER is bigger than the club - Andy Gray thought he was - we replaced him, Yorke acted disgracefully - we replaced him - the list goes on. The way some are going on it's the end of the world!!! Funny how we get Young_jonah and Albarnista in sync and having a pop at MON again. Man City MAY or MAY NOT finsh above Villa. They may or may not get CL - they have as much chance as Villa Buying "big name" players does not mean success unless they gell and play as a TEAM. There are players in the wings - what's to say young Bannan won't make it ? Oh yes - the fans will call him useless if he doesn't start brilliantly - it took Barry a long time to be the player he is. I'm not worried - we WILL replace him - We will improve - it's over - good luck to him and City. It's only 3rd June for christs sake - WE WILL buy this summer (but I bet there are some here hoping MON fails so we get rid of him). Just my rant
nazvfc
You'd think after 12 years loyal service for the club you lot would show him a bit more respect. As for all these 'greedy' comments... his final contract offer from Villa was for 80k a week and he's signed for us on a five year 80k a week a deal. Face it... it's not about the money.
MCFC_Goatboy
You'd think after 12 years loyal service for the club you lot would show him a bit more respect. As for all these 'greedy' comments... his final contract offer from Villa was for 80k a week and he's signed for us on a five year 80k a week a deal. Face it... it's not about the money.
MCFC_Goatboy
We`ve never replaced Dwight Yorke and this manager can`t replace Barry or Laursen.Just my opinion.
ASPINALL
We`ve never replaced Dwight Yorke and this manager can`t replace Barry or Laursen.Just my opinion.
ASPINALL
 

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