Aside from Liverpool’s swoop for Tottenham’s Robbie Keane and Madrid’s move for Ronaldo, the biggest summer transfer ordeal had to be the Gareth Barry to Liverpool link.
Most would agree that the midfielder was visibly distraught after the deal fell through. For the first part of the pre-season, the Villa player had to find his way back into the good graces of the supporters.
Now with the dust settled and Villa flying high, Barry has recently come out with some shocking news about his supposed move to Liverpool over the summer.
Barry said: ‘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.’ (Daily Mail)
Does anyone really believe that because of his respect for O’Neill, he didn’t want to move? Every story for months had to do with the battle between manager and player and their lack of respect for the other. These comments once again show you that when your club is playing well, a player will say just about anything to stay in the good graces of his manager.