Aston Villa: Good luck & best recovery to Bouma: has O'Neill gone too far over Barry?
At this moment there is a hostile atmosphere between Liverpool and Aston Villa fans over the protracted transfer negotiations regarding Villa skipper Gareth Barry. Martin O'Neill had pointed his finger at Rafael Benitez for leaking the interest to the local Merseyside publication The Liverpool Echo, without proof. Since then communications between AVFC and LFC fans have been somewhat scathing of each other, and I found O'Neill's outbursts publicly unwarranted and eventually due to be effective to his players.
Regardless, Wilfred Bouma suffered another injury in the game slightly similar to that of Arsenal's Eduardo against Birmingham last season, a dislocation of the right ankle, during the Intertoto second leg with Danish side Odense yesterday. Despite what is or has been said and done, I wish all the best to Bouma on his recovery. I dislike the injuries in the game and the injuries to Jimmy Bulard and Eduardo were very bad.
Bouma's injury may have some reflection on Barry as Villa used him as cover for the left-back position in the game. O'Neill has come out and said he wishes for more news from LFC as to our interest in Barry, as surely now Villa will be more determined to secure Barry's presence at the club, possibly at least until Bouma has recovered or until they have a left-back. Or indeed for good.
The thing is having made his outbursts, fined and banned Barry from training over his News Of The World interview over the issue, and Barry's opinion over the issue that was stated in the interview, has O'Neill pushed Barry over the threshold of moving so far that the former captain has made his mind up without any going back? I have maintained that O'Neill would regret his outbursts and that could well be the case now, if Liverpool were to come back once again with an alternative to their previous offers.