Date: 12th February 2009 at 3:18pm
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Gareth Barry back as Villa captain in the absence of Martin Laursen says his relationship with Martin O’Neill is ‘very good’ and that he never wanted to cause trouble last summer due to the respect he has for Aston Villa.

Barry, who is back in sparkling form following the season long tug-of-war with Liverpool over a possible transfer said to Sky:

‘I said straight away that myself and the manager are both professional people who want the best this season for Villa. The relationship is very good. It can go through your head what others have done to get away from a club – but it was just not the reputation I would have wanted. It never went through my head to go through that. I’ve got too much respect for the club, and for the manager, and I’ve just got on with the job.’

He also says how much he enjoys being captain saying it does give him an ‘extra lift’. ‘It can raise your game. But Martin is the captain this season and, if we win a trophy, that will be more than enough.’

The press have already started mumbling on about this summer and his possible exit but with luck and a prevailing wind this season so far has shown Gareth that he can win things whilst at Villa. I’m sure finishing in the top four and lifting the FA Cup will be enough to sign a new contract at Villa Park!?


7 Replies to “Gareth Barry Never Considered Causing Trouble!”

  • I would not want to bet my last £ that he will stay, how enticing is the lure of playing with his chum Stevie? We can only hope that he does stay, unless of course that MoN has other more exciting plans.

  • If we finish top 4 and lift the FA Cup and Liverpool don’t lift a thing (yet again), wouldn’t that just be the tits!

  • Do you think this is a back-handed swipe at his former agent? Because, in essence, he DID cause trouble, but I felt all along that he was being coerced…..

  • yes gmvillan, he DID cause trouble, but maybe it was good that he did, because the whole affair allowed MON (backed by Lerner) to publicly redefine Villa as a top club that meant business. At the time, I don’t think there was a single journo, expert, or pundit who wasn’t saying ‘of course Barry will be a Liverpool player by the end of the transfer window – it’s just a matter of time. It’s the way these things always end up.’ But MON drew a line in the sand, Barry stayed, and in effect MON & Lerner laid down Villa?s intent to challenge the ?unchallengeable? top four before a ball was even kicked. We do not find ourselves in the top four by accident !

  • BULL***** he tried to use a newspaper to get a move, got bollocked by robbo and fined and banned from the training ground by o`neill and realised he should shut his ******** mouth.

  • good points there Faangler, it certainly did re-define us as a club who won’t be bullied and who don’t have to sell.

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