Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday July 10 2009
There is a strange report in The Mirror today with quotes from Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez slating former Villa captain £areth Barry claiming the England midfielder moved to Manchester City for money, not football reasons.
'In the market now, the money's not the main thing because all the people in football at that level are on big money. But (referring to Barry who he believed had agreed to move to Anfield only for an 11th hour change of mind) it was clearly 100 per cent about money. Money, money, money. At the end of the day, the most important thing for me is the passion of the players. You have to make decisions to do your best at the right time and if it's just money, sometimes you will make mistakes.'
If Barry is on £110 000 a week at Manchester City, I guess for him, his family and his future, it is a lot to turn down!??!
John Hoey, aka Upthevilla_83, sent this in after I'd published the article above, but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound, you now get two for the price of one!
This came as a bit of a shock to me and I am surprised to say the least but Liverpool’s own Tom Jones Spanish Waiter look-alike Rafa Benitez got it spot on when commenting on the Barry Saga this morning.
I'm not Rafa’s biggest fan to say the least and I do not agree with the way the ‘Barry Wars’ saga was dragged out last year but I must agree with him with what he said in a press conference put on sky sports today. "If it's just for money sometimes you will make mistakes. I was surprised by some decisions this year, like Gareth Barry. I won't say too much but clearly it was 100 per cent for money. The most important thing for me is the passion of the players."
I don’t like agreeing with him but although there is a possibility that Citeh could gatecrash the big 4 (I am hoping we do ok this year and finish off better than the relegation form we showed) it isn't guaranteed.
He could have seen out his contract, put in a great performance for England and then had the pick of the top clubs around Europe.
Then again, in an ideal world we would win the league, England would hammer Brazil in the world cup final and you could get a pint of lager for under £1.70.
If someone offered me £110,000 per week then it would be difficult for me to turn down.
Vital Manchester City on the story: Now Rafa's Lost The Plot!
Date:Friday July 10 2009
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