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Villa's CL failure led to Barry exit

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What do you make of Gareth Barry's latest comments that he would have stayed at Villa if you had qualified for the Champions League?

Is that the talk of a man who wants to placate any angry Villans, or is he genuinely trying to explain the reasons for his move?

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comment by Fizzoid (U6216496)

posted Jun 12, 2009

Nope, I agree, I can't see him getting CL football, certainly not as a 1st team player anyway, but I don't see him rotting a City

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posted Jun 12, 2009

"If we had reached the CL he would have gone to Liverpool."

Barry said if AV had reached the CL he would have stayed with AV. That was his condition. Arent you a Villa fan?

"Haha, 'Yes thats right I really want Champions League football, so I joined a club thats not in it'! Doh. Luckily the big Cash blanket I'm laying on has quantitively eased my financial embarassement, while I wait for Citeh to dominate World football, just wait till ompah lompah Bellamy gets fit"

He wanted to see if Villa would attain CL football, and gave them last season to do it. That was his condition, they didnt and so he was obliged to depart once an offer came in and he would accept it.

"Villa are a decent side but City are on the up, Villa are simply exisiting without getting anywhere.

Sorry Villa fans, he left for footballing reasons, don't try to hide behind the money aspect."

not sure about City on the up but I do feel also he left for more than money, which seems to keep constantly popping up as the gist of most comments about Barry. People should look to more than the average.

"just another excuse covering over his greed, trying to make himself feel better about not playing in europe"

So Barry moves because he wanted more money? Villa fans should know something on this: is Barry really a greedy type of person?

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posted Jun 12, 2009

At the end of the day Barry left the Vile because he had an inside scope of what was happening at the Vile,scalping the fans, no proper money to spend, a dillapidated ground that is an embarrasment to the premier league and a manager that could be offered a job at a BIG club at any time
( probably Man City), there is always more to a story in the prem, we all know that.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

"....but no1 will go there becuase they aint in champions league,
what player is going to move from champions league football to man c who aint even in europe they just aint good enough"

Robinho? What player will remain with a team which has exited the CL and gone into UEFA Cup? Any from AC Milan. Especially Kaka. CL football is the creme de la creme, but sometimes there's a different perspective to it that may attract players.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

TBF Robinho was a different kettle of fish he was desperate to leave Madrid!

Players who are happy at clubs in CL won't leave for City i.e. Kaka, but others that aren't may do! ala Barry!

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posted Jun 12, 2009

Edthevillian

I think we can agree that it certainly isn't the potential to win trophies that attracts players to Villa.

It might be the ground, Villa park is my favorite away ground for what it's worth.

Or as a Villa player you might catch the eye and get bought by a club with more going for it.

Why did Milner leave Newcastle to join Villa ? He rated Villa's chances more than Newcastle's, simple.

(I won't be cynical enough to suggest a nice pay rise and percentage of the transfer fee entered his thoughts for one moment)



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posted Jun 12, 2009

I do not blame him for taking the money and also have sympathy about him wanting a new challenge. We can all become less enthusiastic about our jobs the longer we are in them. However, he may just find with city's spending power he may become a squad player within a year if they do not achieve there aims and the club then buys better players. He might also blow his chance at the next world cup if he is not playing regularly. After 12 years service I wish him well.

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comment by U8659606

posted Jun 12, 2009

"Why did Milner leave Newcastle to join Villa ? He rated Villa's chances more than Newcastle's, simple."

Or rather, because both historically (in terms of trophies won) and currently (in terms of league placing), Villa are a step up from Newcastle. The opposite is true with Man City. Man City spent more than anyone last season....10th.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

I think that Villa had become stale by having Barry. That is not to criticse Barry or Villa, but sometimes when you have relied in such a good solid player you can get a little settled in your ways. The thinking of the players was at times 'I'll pass to Barry and he'll do something with it.' That doesn't mean they were lazy, but from time to time it affected their thinking. Take Ashley Young, went off the boil a bit, had he got too used to receiving good passes from Barry?

Sometimes losing a good player makes the other players think a little bit more and gets them to improve.

Time will tell if the move would good for all parties involved.

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posted Jun 12, 2009

fuunyExciledscot

"because both historically (in terms of trophies won) and currently (in terms of league placing), Villa are a step up from Newcastle. The opposite is true with Man City. Man City spent more than anyone last season....10th."

Villa a step up ? Only from a Scot, priceless.

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