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Dear Gareth...

Louisa Compton | 16:53 PM, Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Gareth Barry's written a letter to Aston Villa fans to explain his decision to join Manchester City. The letter in today's Birmingham Mail, says he was fearful of "going stale and falling into a comfort zone". We asked you to write your own letter of reply to Gareth Barry. Villa fan Ian Robathan took up the challenge with relish......

Dear Gareth,

I read your parting note in the mail and I am touched by the fake sincerity of the note.

We knew last summer and you told us in the News of the World that you were were parting due to a deep desire to play in the champions league. We did not like this but accepted the pull of a club like Liverpool.

However you stayed, but somehow we knew your heart was set on Mersey ide to play with your best mate Stevie G we accepted you would leave us in the summer. However it is a mighty shock to see you depart for a team 4 places lower than us and not even in Europe. You are edging towards 30 now, it is unlikely that you get CL within two years, therefore we can only conclude that you see the £ signs and decided it was time to go.

I hope you enjoy the hot reception to Villa Park next season because on £100k a week I doubt you care as you should do and we do.


Ian Robathan


  • 1. At 9:08pm on 03 Jun 2009, archicrooks wrote:

    who the hell is interested in this apart from the diminishing number of aston villa fans who listen to this awful programme

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  • 2. At 9:24pm on 03 Jun 2009, zelda wrote:

    Dear Gareth

    I have never heard of you. I don't care who you play for or where you get transferred to or from.

    Merry Christmas.

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  • 3. At 10:14pm on 03 Jun 2009, Squonk wrote:

    Great decision to fight off the near £20mill last season from Liverpool.
    Other than that who cares .

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  • 4. At 10:46pm on 03 Jun 2009, carrie wrote:

    (archicrooks!! How could you say that when you KNOW I am a Villa fan of longstanding?)

    I think the letter from Gareth to the fans just shows how really thick he thinks football supporters are. Mind you, pocketing £25 million in the process just shows how surprisingly clever he is. Very, very surprising indeed, as I think it has long been accepted that there isn't much going on in there, so to speak, except perhaps his astute choice of a very good financial advisor.

    I suppose a piece about writing a letter is a bit different from a football phone in, but not much.

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