Date: 17th May 2008 at 12:55pm
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John Doe from Vital Liverpool posted the following in our Vital Villa article comments on the recent row between Martin O’Neill and Liverpool boss Tom Jones, sorry Rafa Benitez.

This is from the blog of Tony Barrett, the journalist who first broke the news about Liverpool’s bid for Barry in the Liverpool Echo.

Sorry Martin – but you’ve got it wrong!

MARTIN O’Neill’s anger about Liverpool’s offer for Gareth Barry seems to be centred on the fact that news of the bid appeared in the ECHO within hours of it being faxed to Villa Park rather than on the offer itself. The Villa boss has convinced himself that the story was leaked to the ECHO by someone at Liverpool Football Club.

But like Sorry Martin – but you’ve got it wrong!


MARTIN O’Neill’s anger about Liverpool’s offer for Gareth Barry seems to be centred on the fact that news of the bid appeared in the ECHO within hours of it being faxed to Villa Park rather than on the offer itself.

The Villa boss has convinced himself that the story was leaked to the ECHO by someone at Liverpool Football Club.

But like the Alonso conspiracy theorists, O’Neill hasn’t called this one right. Journalists never reveal their sources but it would be remiss to allow the current misapprehension to go unchecked.

No-one at Liverpool leaked news of the bid for Barry. Simple as that.’

Tony Barrett’s blog can be found at: Click Here

Now I’m not trying to stoke any fires – and no doubt some readers won’t actually look at what is being said before blasting the ‘evil’ opposition club. But frankly I found the whole row bizarre. Liverpool bid for a player. We rejected it. And……….. ? There valuation was seemingly pathetic, so? At the end of the day, they mess about like that, they then don’t stand a chance of getting the player, but again, so? Why the war of words in the press? Was it not unseemly? It was certainly unprofessional and did neither club any favours at all did it?

I’m afraid if we are going to get some players in this summer, we are going to have to bid. Now that might upset some clubs that we want their players and yes, we might even go in with a lower than we expect to pay bid in the first instance. So? Should we expect a tirade from that players club?

Lets hope this sort of row doesn’t have to become a regular occurance, the only winners are the press and of course our sites as it gets everyone angry and talking!