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Gareth Barry Proves He’s A Hypocrite

When we had to put up with the on/off Gareth Barry transfer saga all last season, one of the key facts throughout the drama was that Barry wanted to play Champions League football. It was a purely football based decision to want to leave Aston Villa, though the fact that his best mate Steven Gerrard was at Anfield would certainly have increased the pull to Liverpool. Ultimately though, Liverpool couldn’t get the money together and Barry stayed at Villa Park.

So imagine my surprise when I heard Manchester City had put in a £12 million bid today which was accepted and Barry has announced that he’s joined them. So I checked the league table again, saw Manchester City were still tenth and hadn’t even qualified for Europe. Proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that all Gareth Barry cares about is money. What a hypocrite, proving once again that some footballers talk utter rubbish when they want to move.

How is moving from Aston Villa a better footballing move? It smacks purely of lining his pocket over any “footballing reasons” Barry can offer as an excuse. He’s apparently excited about the prospect of what City can achieve next season, but honestly, are they even going to brush the top 7 never mind the top 4? Villa fans must be utterly perplexed by Barry’s decision to leave them for a less successful club. By all means, they didn’t want him to leave but they’d understand if he went to Liverpool or Arsenal, hell even Spurs as he’s fan of Tottenham but Manchester City?

Barry has simply shown that he’s got an ego the size of an elephant by joining a side that are going to pay him £80,000 a week and guarantee him a starting place. The only motivations here are greed and ego stroking for poor little Gareth Barry, clearly underpaid and not loved at Aston Villa obviously. The Holte End will be scratching their collective heads over this transfer that simply doesn’t make logical sense after his whining all last summer that almost topped the Ronaldo saga for sheer boredom.

City fans will be delighted to have captured his signing, but the warning signs are there for the type of player that Hughes will be attracting to Eastlands now. Money talks, but when a player turns down Champions League football for an extra 20 grand a week, you finally see the real man hiding behind the facade that the fans are presented with. With a decision like this, Barry has made himself look rather stupid and only interested in money. With Newcastle now leaving the market for overpaid mercenaries, it seems like Manchester City can fill the gap.

If, and it’s highly unlikely that they will, City qualify for the Champions League, then of course we can all hold our hands up and say Gareth Barry is obviously psychic. The reality is that it’s doubtful that they will crack it within 3 years never mind the next 12 months, it’s just a decision that I find frankly astounding. I’ve nothing against Manchester City, if anything, through friends who support them, I’ve always had a soft spot for them but even the most optimistic fan has to question if they can sign any of the top 50 players in the world over this summer.

Don’t bore me with tales of Robinho being one of the world’s best, he clearly isn’t anywhere near the level of Ronaldo, Rooney, Messi, Eto’o, Ribery etc etc. He is only motivated by money, nothing more, nothing less and earns thousands to not play top level European football. Barry is the same, by turning his back on European football to count his cash and he was hardly struggling on the £52,000 a week, plus a new offer of £65,000, he was on at Villa, he’s shown that common sense and trophies mean nothing to players whose ego is all that matters when cash is involved.

Barry’s mantra all through last summer was about wanting to play Champions League football and win trophies, but it turned out to be a hollow statement. At least he’ll have lots of money to make up for the lack of trophies he’ll have when he retires.

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  1. raj

    March 16, 2010 at 1:35 am

    well now as of march 16,2010 you can obviously see why barry decided to go with man city rather than liverpool
    last season itself the inboard fighting among the liverpool owners and then came along rafa clearly must have created a doubt on barry’s mind
    so he chose the best alternative and probably got the best dividends too

  2. villafan4life

    June 12, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Like most Villa fans, I am disappointed to see Barry leave us, especially for a team against whom we will be competing for European places next season. But, he has given us 12 loyal years and deserves to be remembered as a Villa great. I wonder how many of our current younger stars will be at Villa after 12 years?? Good luck to him (as long as we beat them next season)

  3. Lyle

    June 8, 2009 at 1:52 am

    One other thing… it’s a World Cup year next season and Barry will have fewer games to play while at Manchester City. He may be thinking about preparing himself for South Africa as well.

  4. Lyle

    June 8, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Barry is not a hypocrite. He’s been guaranteed a starting spot and will get paid more. Professional soccer players have a short life-span and they most make the most of it while they can. Gareth Barry did his time at Villa, they didn’t make the Champions League and now he will be able to be a part of something new and exciting at City. Good for him.

  5. D Man

    June 6, 2009 at 10:58 am

    xD just read over your post again haha

    “Hey Kolo, how about coming to City and challenging De Jong for a spot” *elbows him in the ribs*

    Again, “Who?”

  6. D Man

    June 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Downing is severly over-rated. When the s**t hit the pan for Boro he was found looking. As you said, the rest won’t go, but it’s Tevez i’m worried about (Man U fan). That Kia Jo- or whatever his agents name is scares me. If he were to see big money in his hand he’d say yes to bloody Acrington Stanley (with respect). With Berbatov out of confidence since January, we really need him.

  7. FredtheRed

    June 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    City haven’t a clue. Their hit list is Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Stewart Downing, Carlos Tevez and (chuckle, chuckle) Samuel Eto’o.
    “Hey Sammi, I know you’re one of the best strikers in the world, just won the treble and playing for the best club side in Europe, but Manchester City want you to join them.”


  8. D Man

    June 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I agree with this article, FredTheRed & Matt

    Arguments aside, this transfer makes Barry look like a hypocrite, no doubt about that. But theres other things that I feel he hurt his reputation by doing here. If I were a Villa fan I’d be infuriated. Christ I mean, if he wanted to go to a CL team fair enough, but its a direct insult to everyone associated with Aston Villa FC by choosing this move.

    To the argument that theres nothing wrong about doing the move for money; I thinks that just rubbish. Every player should try and do the best for their career on the pitch, and try and hit the heights that way. If it was like this in football then there would be no purests & lovers of the game. Money is good, sure, but to a footballer winning things was always more important and rightly so. This makes him a sellout.

    As for the move being a better one? Oh please… Man City are a shambles. It doesn’t take a genious to notice that Hughes doesn’t fully know what is going on with his club, and if he was as good a manager as everyone else says he is, then they would have finished a few places higher. Sure, having financial backing is great, but not used rightly it can turn a club into a circus. Step backwards, big time. City will be lucky to finish 7th next season.

  9. Phil McThomas

    June 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I think the author is a bit harsh on Barry. Have you never made a compromise? Never changed your mind over a period of months based on new information?

    Last season he may have been motivated by Champions League football, but it wasn’t to be. By now he probably feels like he just needs another challenge.

    I’m sure he’d love to be playing CL football, but if that isn’t to be, then he’s gone to another outfit that offers some promise. I don’t think the money is immaterial, but I doubt he’s making a HUGE amount more than he was already getting from Villa (e.g. maybe 80k instead of 60k a week).

    Say what you like about City but they obviously have ambition and are starting to assemble a squad that should *at least* make the top-7 next year.

  10. hank

    June 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

    This article is just flame bait. Barry has been at Villa for 12 years(!), calling him a “mercenary” is nonsense.

    Who knows how interested Liverpool was anymore. Manchester City is a team with obvious champions league ambitions and the financial backing to make it a real possibility. I would imagine joining Man City is a gamble: over the next few seasons they may succeed, or they may fail spectacularly, but its hard to argue that its an exciting opportunity.

    … and the money doesn’t hurt.

  11. krammy

    June 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I seem to semember that teams like Aston Villa and Spurs were in Europe last year but deemed it to be not worth it and fielded weakened teams and got knocked out. City at least tried to field their best available team which, to be fair, was not good enough to win. Maybe Barry has decided that this lack of ambition from Villa showed their true colours. If they are challenging again this next season for Champions League lets see what kind of team they play again in the Europa League. So much for finishing as high as possible in the league. Only teams who play their best eleven should be allowed to enter the next year if they qualify and have to prove this if a weakened team are played

  12. Dave

    June 3, 2009 at 6:31 am

    How dare he want to get paid as much as possible?!?!?!

  13. jayant

    June 3, 2009 at 5:53 am

    i am a die hard aston villa fan.Martin laursen retired recently he was in top form and it will be hard to replace him.
    Gareth barry is a class player,villa have a chance of qualifying for europe they were brilliant till february and could have qualified for the CL if not for steve sidwell and martin laursen getting injured.Barry has proved he wants to play for money,if he had moved to liverpool or arsenal i would have understood but city???villa are anyday better than city but this will be a big loss gareth has lost respect and dented aston villa’s hopes of qualifyng for the CL next season.i am sorry gareth but the holte end woulg not be shouting “go gareth barry” this season

  14. Thomas

    June 3, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Agree with Matt. Villa can use that 12mil to get a quality defender or two. And let’s not forget,we have no idea what the war chest is for Villa.

    I doubt that Villa sell Barry unless he was ready to move on. No need to have a malcontent in the squad.

    But people who are giving City stick for this move need to step back and re evaluate. This is exactly the type of move that City need to be making this summer. Hopefully the Arab investors will understand this as well. Making City a consistant challenger of the top 4 will take vision and a solid blue print.

    I’m not really shocked Barry left, but it is a bit dissapointing.

  15. swagato bhattacharya

    June 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    i think this article is all rubish!!!!
    which channel does he watch his football on cartoon network!!!!!!
    city r on their way after this signing for the summer and if everything goes to plan then on the 1 of september u urself will say they have a better team than arsenal and even liverpool.
    for heavens sake watch football on skysports!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FredtheRed

      June 3, 2009 at 2:37 am

      Seen as the author is English, I reckon he watches a lot more football than you do.
      Shouldn’t you be at school?
      Amzing how money make people think City will suddenly be a great side. If Barry was all that, why isn’t he at Chelsea, Liverpool, United or Arsenal? Because he’s not that good.

  16. Matt

    June 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    What I don’t understand is didn’t Liverpool offer somewhere around 14 million for Barry last season?

    I think this will end up working out for Villa.. They got Steve Sidwell who can fit into Barry’s role in the midfield. They also now have money to spend on Defenders and depth which ended in their downfall. I still like Villa’s chances to place ahead of City even with their limited bank roll.

  17. chrissmari

    June 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    City have a better chance of getting a champions league spot in 5 years or so than Villa who will be comfortably 5th or 6th for a while before dropping lower

  18. CelticsBlues

    June 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Wow that last comment was brilliant. Like Rafa…let me talk facts:
    A) We don’t need him as defensive mid. Balance on the left, cover for 14 goal Robbie to attack, threading passes left right and center. Priceless.
    B) £30 million for a 27 year old Berbaflop? Where was he in Rome? £20 million for 28 year old Keane? Great business there – £8 million 6 month loan? (I don’t know which type of debt-ridden red you are).
    C) Yes, we are guilty of having fans inside of Manchester.

    ———————De Jong———————–
    —————–(Take your pick)—————–

  19. FredtheRed

    June 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    City haven’t got a prayer of finishing above 8th. Do we honestly think they’ll finish above Arsenal, Spurs, Everton and Villa? No chance, a team of injury prone, egotistical numpties.
    Chelsea were already a top 5 side when Abramovich bought them and look how much money he’s thrown at them since then for what? Two league titles, 2 FA Cups and a Carling Cup. Well worth 700 million.
    City have no pull abroad, don’t have the fan base outside of Manchester and a manager who cannot play good football. The owners should have bought Spurs or Forest. At least people have heard of those two outside of England.

    Hughes will be gone by Xmas.

    BTW CelticBlues? Barry’s not even the best English defensive midfielder. £12 million for a 28 year old? By the time they have a squad that can finish in the top 6, Barry will have gone. In fact, City couldn’t finish in the top 4 in a 3 team league.

  20. BC

    June 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Barry is simply following the Benjamins (or whatever the English equivalent is)…but I also think this move speaks for Villa just as strongly as City. Let’s not forget how Villa finished the season on a terrible run of form after holding 4th for much of the year. Is this Barry just being selfish or has Villa gone as far as they can and Barry wants to get out before the ship sinks?? On the other hand, City have finally got it right and instead of paying absurd amounts of money for the Kakas of the world, they are sensibly putting together an actual team. A lineup with the likes of Robinho, Bellamy, SWP, Ireland, Given, Barry, etc. could very well compete for that final CL spot.

  21. SSReporters

    June 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Money talks.

    That is all you need to know.

  22. Bob D

    June 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Steve G – You can’t win a trophy if you don’t field a strong team in the latter stages. I think City will have the squad depth this season by not playing in Europe to contend for the Champions League spot. That is the difference between Villa, Everton, and City. They are good teams, but splitting time between two different competitions will wear them down. Now City will be able to focus our attention on getting that Fourth spot.

  23. Dalglishious

    June 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Gareth Barry would be a squad player at Liverpool, competing with Riera, Benayoun, Alonso (please, Rafa, do not sell Xabi), Lucas and Mascherano for a starting place. There would be no guaranteed meaningful CL action. He’ll be a lot more important in the Citeh setup than at Liverpool, his England place won’t be threatened, and at 28 (29?), he’s perfectly entitled to line his pockets if the money is on offer. As a Liverpool fan I would absolutely love to see him wearing a red shirt because he’s a quality player, but is he the missing piece of the puzzle? Would I recommend Rafa fork over 12 million pounds (and 100 grand a week) for him? No to both. Good business for him and for Villa, I say. And good luck in that battle for 7th place.

  24. Steve G (not that one !)

    June 2, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Well, as a Villa season ticket holder, I feel as if the wife has left me – what an arrogant, money grabbing arse Barry has turned out to be – 440 odd games for Villa, and idolised by all – now reveals himself as money orientated – I hope we play them first gamec again – could Barry handle 40,000 Villa fans baying for blood ? I hope they rot in mid-table again, and we can go there the season after, and parade the Europa Cup to him !

  25. CelticsBlues

    June 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    It is hard for people to accept a legitimate threat on the Top 4. Villa, Everton etc. are acceptable b/c they are a threat in terms of play but not in terms of spending and talent. Early on they threaten to stay in the Top 4 but then slip as the season progresses (due to lack of squad depth). And who knows what the true demand for Barry was from the Top 4 – if they truly coveted him as a starting midfielder they would have made an offer.

    City is positioned very well for sustained success: one of, if not, the best academies in the Prem, a great local fan base, a new large stadium, a prudent manager that buys hard working players, no debt, and very thorough, business savvy owners with long term vision who place City within a portfolio of investments (vs. Abramovich’s personal Football Manager simulation known as Chelsea FC).

    Plus the players are aware of the business that City will undertake this summer. Barry – “I’m sure there will be a few more additions to the squad this summer.” Ireland – “It’s going to be interesting just to see what the line-up will be at the start of next season.”

    People change their minds. The world is not black and white (ie Champions League vs. Not). There is satisfaction in helping to bring an organization to greatness as opposed to being bought into success.

    Oh and FredtheRed, I don’t know what type of red you are… but I do know one thing: you’re in debt. Good luck with that. The World economy has been treating debt ridden organizations well.

  26. FredtheRed

    June 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Completely agree with you Bishopville. Kaka just joined madrid for £55 million too, what was he saying this morning??

  27. Bishopville Red

    June 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Long term plan? What a crock.By the time City’s in the Champions League, Barry will either be too old to be relevant, or they would have bought much better players than him to play his position, making his contributions only relevant for the reserves. That’s where he and Wayne Bridge will be if Man City has any hope of short term success.

    This isn’t at all about success, just grabbing money.

  28. Jake

    June 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Given that he wouldn’t be playing Champions League football next season had he stayed at Villa, this isn’t a move about the upcoming season. He signed a five-year deal, so it’s safe to assume he’s looking beyond next season and feels Manchester City are positioned well to be playing Champions League football down the road. How many top-name internationals will need to sign for City before people realize these players are buying into the club’s longterm plan? Nobody’s signing one-year deals, so it’s foolish to pretend as though they’re all just thinking about the next 12 months.

  29. FredtheRed

    June 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    I have to disagree with you on this. Why would anyone want to leave a top 6 side and think of Manchester City as “good move”. Barry’s only motivation here is cash, cos he certainly won’t win any medals at jokesville

  30. kevin

    June 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    i have to disagree with you on this one. Of course footballers like to play in the UEFA club competitions, but i fell that they get as much satisfaction in helping a lower club get promoted to the competitions. Money makes the world go, and I see no problem with a player going to another team for more cash, so long that the player keeps performing to their ability. I really feel that you are picking on Barry in this article, this happens with all athletes. Of the top footballers you listed, 3 out of the 5 are destined to move to a new club this year, most likely for higher wages. Not trying to nitpick, but in my opinion I don’t think your argument stands.

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