Date: 24th July 2008 at 12:55pm
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Martin O’Neill has not ruled out playing Gareth Barry in the crunch Intertoto Cup game with Odense BK this Saturday.

He says if the player is mentally right then ‘why not’?

Speaking to AVTV Online O’Neill told www.avfc.co.uk: ‘I think that in terms of fitness the game on Tuesday will have brought him on. So if he’s mentally tuned in and he wants to go and play, why not? Why shouldn’t he be in contention for the game? He’s a quality player and that’s what we’re looking for.’

He also talks of one of the longest running transfer saga’s in the history of mankind (well,you know what I mean!) and admits he would still love the player to stay.

‘Deep down we would all love him to stay at the football club. We haven’t heard back from Liverpool for some time and we’re not exactly sure where we all stand. When people say people are in limbo, I don’t think that applies to anybody more than ourselves. We don’t know whether to move forward or not with it. It’s a long running saga and I wouldn’t mind it ending one way or another. My preference – and hopefully I’m speaking for a lot of Villa fans, if not all of them – is that we would like Gareth to stay at the football club. That would be great because it will be hard to place him.’



Vital Villa asked, were the fans right to boo Gareth Barry at the Walsall game? 62% voted no. 33% yes and 5% weren’t fussed either way. Related article: Were Villa Fans Right To Boo Gareth Barry?

Maybe instead of booing we need to make our feelings known positively on Saturday and cheer him on and call for him to stay? Futile maybe but at least it would show the Villa fans in the right light in relation to this whole saga? Or am I just being naive?!



It appears the rules are such that Barry could play in the Inter and still be legible for the Champions League should he move clubs.