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Liverpool Boss Slates £areth Barry!

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.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 10 2009

Time: 8:49AM

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If liverpool tried to sign him again and he went to city then that proves he went for the money,Don`t blame him really but what a greedy little ********.
lerneravfc
If liverpool tried to sign him again and he went to city then that proves he went for the money,Don`t blame him really but what a greedy little ********.
lerneravfc
he's right though.... Barry of all "model" sort of players has eviidently lost his status by joining eastlands.
leelindsay
he's right though.... Barry of all "model" sort of players has eviidently lost his status by joining eastlands.
leelindsay
money talks... (but it don't sing and dance and it don't walk... sorry, one for the oldies that) he has gone somewhere who could go on a great ride with the stupid money being spent + is on mega money. Would love to blame him but after 10 years loyal service? Not sure.. bit split.. didn't do what he said he wanted to do though, only leave for CL.

Couldn't bring myself to use one of the images I have of him in the Villa shirt though, would just be wrong now!
The Fear
money talks... (but it don't sing and dance and it don't walk... sorry, one for the oldies that) he has gone somewhere who could go on a great ride with the stupid money being spent + is on mega money. Would love to blame him but after 10 years loyal service? Not sure.. bit split.. didn't do what he said he wanted to do though, only leave for CL.

Couldn't bring myself to use one of the images I have of him in the Villa shirt though, would just be wrong now!
The Fear
Benitez - back in our good books.
olofthegreat
Benitez - back in our good books.
olofthegreat
I don't particularly blame him for his move one way or the other; he was a good servant for Villa. What I do object to though is his hipocrisy (last summer saying he wanted to play CL). His PR lies are an insult to all involved at Villa. His lack of honesty has led to a predicament where is is able to be held up as an example of 'everything that's wrong with football', which is a shame for an excellent English player.
RoyalVilla
I don't particularly blame him for his move one way or the other; he was a good servant for Villa. What I do object to though is his hipocrisy (last summer saying he wanted to play CL). His PR lies are an insult to all involved at Villa. His lack of honesty has led to a predicament where is is able to be held up as an example of 'everything that's wrong with football', which is a shame for an excellent English player.
RoyalVilla
Oh bitter bitter Benitez. That must be why he works for just a free museum pass (and the 2.5m a year he recently negotiated under the threat of leaving for Spain). If only there was more room on his moral high ground, the world would be such a lovely place! Of course it's about money, but do you think he'd have gone to Doncaster for the cash? He joined for the cash as well as the prospect of joining a club that'll knock the wholesome charity that is LFC out of the top 4!
BitterBlue
Oh bitter bitter Benitez. That must be why he works for just a free museum pass (and the 2.5m a year he recently negotiated under the threat of leaving for Spain). If only there was more room on his moral high ground, the world would be such a lovely place! Of course it's about money, but do you think he'd have gone to Doncaster for the cash? He joined for the cash as well as the prospect of joining a club that'll knock the wholesome charity that is LFC out of the top 4!
BitterBlue
Agreed, the FSW is just as big a hipocrite as Barry
RoyalVilla
Agreed, the FSW is just as big a hipocrite as Barry
RoyalVilla
That fat spanish waiter is a prat. Barry didn't join them because he knew he'd spend most of his time between left back and the subs bench in a world cup year. He went for money, and although its not nice to think, because Citeh have a better chance of winning things than us!
pjvilla
That fat spanish waiter is a prat. Barry didn't join them because he knew he'd spend most of his time between left back and the subs bench in a world cup year. He went for money, and although its not nice to think, because Citeh have a better chance of winning things than us!
pjvilla
Vital Manchester City on the story: Now Rafa's Lost The Plot!
the fear
Vital Manchester City on the story: Now Rafa's Lost The Plot!
the fear
No-one is arguing over him moving to City for the money. The reality is that he said he would only move for CL football and has in reality moved for money. If he came out and said that then there would be no criticism. But all this part of a big project is crap as what is Lerner doing at Villa? Similar but on a lesser scale
5 times
No-one is arguing over him moving to City for the money. The reality is that he said he would only move for CL football and has in reality moved for money. If he came out and said that then there would be no criticism. But all this part of a big project is crap as what is Lerner doing at Villa? Similar but on a lesser scale
5 times
A mixture of bitterness, disbelief and fear that someone could deign to miss out on Anfield for "liddle ciddy". Arrogant barsteward if you ask me. I don't want to touch any nerves with the Villa fans, I can understand your sense of betrayal with regards to Barry, but Rafa just sounds like a woman spurned. All the best for the new season, hope you finish ahead of the likes of the scousers (but a point behind us ;))
fifthcolumnblue
A mixture of bitterness, disbelief and fear that someone could deign to miss out on Anfield for "liddle ciddy". Arrogant barsteward if you ask me. I don't want to touch any nerves with the Villa fans, I can understand your sense of betrayal with regards to Barry, but Rafa just sounds like a woman spurned. All the best for the new season, hope you finish ahead of the likes of the scousers (but a point behind us ;))
fifthcolumnblue
I really don't blame Barry for going there! I really don't believe he would have been a first choice midfielder/starter for any of the top 4 and surely Man City are the only other team you would expect to finish above us next season!
pjvilla
I really don't blame Barry for going there! I really don't believe he would have been a first choice midfielder/starter for any of the top 4 and surely Man City are the only other team you would expect to finish above us next season!
pjvilla
Man city have the money to buy their way into the top4. So realistically going to a club that will buy success and getting paid top dollar for yr time is not a bad thing. Frankly i aprreciate the fact that Man city paid 12mil for a player on the last year of his contract whereas Wa#ker Tom Jones was offering us that when he still had 2 yrs on his contract. Tom jones always bit%hes abt money but he paid top dollar for Robbie Keane an now Glen Johnson but he tried to F$ck us over. Tom jones can p*ss offf
Pablo1978
Man city have the money to buy their way into the top4. So realistically going to a club that will buy success and getting paid top dollar for yr time is not a bad thing. Frankly i aprreciate the fact that Man city paid 12mil for a player on the last year of his contract whereas Wa#ker Tom Jones was offering us that when he still had 2 yrs on his contract. Tom jones always bit%hes abt money but he paid top dollar for Robbie Keane an now Glen Johnson but he tried to F$ck us over. Tom jones can p*ss offf
Pablo1978
I think he woke up, realised he could potentially lose Mascherano and Alsonso this summer and remembered the best player he could have bought has already gone elsewhere. Que hissy fit. Fat Spanish W*nker
MOGVILLA
I think he woke up, realised he could potentially lose Mascherano and Alsonso this summer and remembered the best player he could have bought has already gone elsewhere. Que hissy fit. Fat Spanish W*nker
MOGVILLA
Benitez has a hissy fit over the crazy amount of money being spent...after spending £16 Million on Glen Johnson! Hypocrite!
Tony_Harrison
Benitez has a hissy fit over the crazy amount of money being spent...after spending £16 Million on Glen Johnson! Hypocrite!
Tony_Harrison
Tony isnt that his point? I actually dont understand your fans bile towards Rafa he decided last year not to pay the cash simple really. Alonso and Masch have 3 years left on their contracts so its the club's decision to keep them (like it was with Barry last year). Wasnt a hissy fit at all, he said Barry chose money over the CL...true isnt it? Kaka did the opposite and chose CL over money......Its ironic that people are saying Rafa has had a hissy fit when you read some of the reactions on here.....
5 times
Tony isnt that his point? I actually dont understand your fans bile towards Rafa he decided last year not to pay the cash simple really. Alonso and Masch have 3 years left on their contracts so its the club's decision to keep them (like it was with Barry last year). Wasnt a hissy fit at all, he said Barry chose money over the CL...true isnt it? Kaka did the opposite and chose CL over money......Its ironic that people are saying Rafa has had a hissy fit when you read some of the reactions on here.....
5 times
Think Barry went were he felt wanted. The way liverpool acted as a club last year presumably left Barry feeling they didn't rate him that highly, which contrasts directly with the way city wrapped business up with out much fuss.
MONsCABA
Think Barry went were he felt wanted. The way liverpool acted as a club last year presumably left Barry feeling they didn't rate him that highly, which contrasts directly with the way city wrapped business up with out much fuss.
MONsCABA
The fat Spanish waiter gobs off again. You would have thought he would have learned his lesson by now. He was running away with the title last season and gobs off at Manure and they shoved it up him big style. He refuses to pay the money for Barry last year, then stumped up £20 million for Keane. Even the thickest footballer could see that Rafa had mis read the situation. And then he has the cheek to say that Gareth went for the cash (and in truth that was a big reason as well as the fact that Man Citeh will be contending at the top end of the table this year). The simple truth is that Murderpool never offered the fee that Villa wanted. Gareth didn't have a choice this summer as the fat Spanish Waiter would have us believe, because they never had permission to talk to him, because just like last year that never matched Villas valuation.
voiceoftheholte
The fat Spanish waiter gobs off again. You would have thought he would have learned his lesson by now. He was running away with the title last season and gobs off at Manure and they shoved it up him big style. He refuses to pay the money for Barry last year, then stumped up £20 million for Keane. Even the thickest footballer could see that Rafa had mis read the situation. And then he has the cheek to say that Gareth went for the cash (and in truth that was a big reason as well as the fact that Man Citeh will be contending at the top end of the table this year). The simple truth is that Murderpool never offered the fee that Villa wanted. Gareth didn't have a choice this summer as the fat Spanish Waiter would have us believe, because they never had permission to talk to him, because just like last year that never matched Villas valuation.
voiceoftheholte
To quote a certain Mr Allen Stewart Konigsberg: "Money can't buy you happiness, but it does buy you a better class of misery ..."
BobTheBuilder
To quote a certain Mr Allen Stewart Konigsberg: "Money can't buy you happiness, but it does buy you a better class of misery ..."
BobTheBuilder
This guy is becoming an absolute total bore, and to be perfectly honest I dont really care what Benitez's thoughts, concerns, or feelings are, regarding any topic, be it Liverpool related or whatever. Whatever Gareth Barry's reasons were for moving to The City Of Manchester Stadium as opposed to Anfield, I dont care one jot. Gareth choose the Manchester City revolution, and jolly good luck to him. The way Benitez handled the Barry situation last summer made me completely lose any respect I ever had for the man (Benitez I'm waffling on about now), and I must admit, though I'm very sorry to see GB pack his bags and disappear, a part of me is very pleased that it wasn't destination Anfield for him.
glensider
This guy is becoming an absolute total bore, and to be perfectly honest I dont really care what Benitez's thoughts, concerns, or feelings are, regarding any topic, be it Liverpool related or whatever. Whatever Gareth Barry's reasons were for moving to The City Of Manchester Stadium as opposed to Anfield, I dont care one jot. Gareth choose the Manchester City revolution, and jolly good luck to him. The way Benitez handled the Barry situation last summer made me completely lose any respect I ever had for the man (Benitez I'm waffling on about now), and I must admit, though I'm very sorry to see GB pack his bags and disappear, a part of me is very pleased that it wasn't destination Anfield for him.
glensider
i tend to agree with the waiter on this one barry is minted has more money than most of us could dream of lets not forget that..so he had at least 3 options 1 stay at villa become a legend to us keep his england spot...2 go to liverpool get 100k week replace alonso maybe challange prem titleand play c/l against the best players in the world keep his england spot...go to man city get 130k week finish midtable lose england place to sidwell who has just helped us to a top 4 finish.......
avflell
i tend to agree with the waiter on this one barry is minted has more money than most of us could dream of lets not forget that..so he had at least 3 options 1 stay at villa become a legend to us keep his england spot...2 go to liverpool get 100k week replace alonso maybe challange prem titleand play c/l against the best players in the world keep his england spot...go to man city get 130k week finish midtable lose england place to sidwell who has just helped us to a top 4 finish.......
avflell
oh and had we offered him a fiver a week more than man city he'd have been holding a press conference telling us how he would have never left us and how he was looking forward to going places with villa's revolution.....he's a greedy bas*&rd and should be booed by every fan in the league until he is too ashamed to play any more.
avflell
oh and had we offered him a fiver a week more than man city he'd have been holding a press conference telling us how he would have never left us and how he was looking forward to going places with villa's revolution.....he's a greedy bas*&rd and should be booed by every fan in the league until he is too ashamed to play any more.
avflell
avflell, you sound very bitter and twisted. Not sure if you are married with kids or not. But I am pretty sure if you are and you turned down a £5M signing on fee + triple your money wages, your missus would probably have kicked you in the knackers and done one with your kids. He has a duty to his family before he has a duty to his employers, just the same as you and I. Gareth Barry is just earning the best wage he can, after giving us years great service and getting us a decent fee. And to say he will lose his England place because he has gone to Man Citeh is simply to stupid a comment to to talk about. However seeing a Villa inspired by Sidwell causing havoc, would be a pleasing.
voiceoftheholte
avflell, you sound very bitter and twisted. Not sure if you are married with kids or not. But I am pretty sure if you are and you turned down a £5M signing on fee + triple your money wages, your missus would probably have kicked you in the knackers and done one with your kids. He has a duty to his family before he has a duty to his employers, just the same as you and I. Gareth Barry is just earning the best wage he can, after giving us years great service and getting us a decent fee. And to say he will lose his England place because he has gone to Man Citeh is simply to stupid a comment to to talk about. However seeing a Villa inspired by Sidwell causing havoc, would be a pleasing.
voiceoftheholte
married and kids yes,bitter no,twisted aren't we all a little? but you just cant compare the life of a highly paid highly sponsered premier league player to that of an average working man,gareth barry has a personal fortune more than he can actually spend in his or his kids lifetime,and we work to pay the bills and get two weeks in spain once a year....but it was mr barry himself that stated that he wasn't going to leave villa because of money he was going to see if he could cut it at the absolute top of his profession,he was going to go to liverpool to play champions league pit his wits against kaka,iniesta and the likes....fair enough but then to turn up at man city? why? money...he's just made himself look like a greedy tw&t and even man city fans on talk sport were saying the same yesterday.
avflell
married and kids yes,bitter no,twisted aren't we all a little? but you just cant compare the life of a highly paid highly sponsered premier league player to that of an average working man,gareth barry has a personal fortune more than he can actually spend in his or his kids lifetime,and we work to pay the bills and get two weeks in spain once a year....but it was mr barry himself that stated that he wasn't going to leave villa because of money he was going to see if he could cut it at the absolute top of his profession,he was going to go to liverpool to play champions league pit his wits against kaka,iniesta and the likes....fair enough but then to turn up at man city? why? money...he's just made himself look like a greedy tw&t and even man city fans on talk sport were saying the same yesterday.
avflell
Lets all be honest if wewere offered a huge pay raise to move we would think about it for sure! However most of us would say we wanted to move. Not some excuse to justify it! Honesty Mr Barry is always the best policy. But I am glad he rejected the waiter though, for that small nuget I'm smiling:o))))
gappy65
Lets all be honest if wewere offered a huge pay raise to move we would think about it for sure! However most of us would say we wanted to move. Not some excuse to justify it! Honesty Mr Barry is always the best policy. But I am glad he rejected the waiter though, for that small nuget I'm smiling:o))))
gappy65
 

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