Gareth Barry spent the whole of last summer saying things like this: "Champions League football helps any player. You only have to look at the England squad to see the amount of players who get in the squad and start the games - the majority play in the Champions League."
He then failed to turn up to pre-season training, criticised his manager, got fined, lost the captaincy and then had to stay after all. Whoops.
Now the man who wanted so much to play in the Champions League has joined Manchester City, a team who, unlike Villa, did not spend the majority of the season just gone vying for a top-four finish.
He has also landed a contract worth anything between £92,000 and £130,000-a-week, depending on who you believe. In any case, it is significantly more than the £70,000-a-week Villa were offering.
It is very easy to scream 'mercenary', but Early Doors actually feels a degree of sympathy for Aston's public enemy number one.
First of all, the anti-Barry brigade are relying on the flawed argument that footballers are the only people in the world not allowed to move jobs for more money. Which is stupid.
Secondly, Villa fans should be grateful to get £12m for a player with a year to run on his contract - a profit of about £10m for player who gave them 12 years and 440 matches worth of service.
Thirdly, after his public bollocking from the club last summer, Barry did not sulk his way to the end of his contract or demand a move in January. He played every Premier League game and maintained his form even throughout Villa's end-of-season swoon.
Fourthly, there was no Champions League option this summer. It seems Liverpool no longer wanted him following Xabi Alonso's superb season, so at no point did he turn down a Big Four club.
Lastly and most importantly, we are entering a World Cup year. Barry has played in England's last 18 matches and is a shoo-in for Fabio Capello's starting XI in South Africa if he can maintain form and fitness.
He would not have done so at a club like Liverpool, where he would have been far from guaranteed a first-team place. And even if he had stayed at Villa there would have been uncertainty. Would Martin O'Neill have dropped him as his contract wound down? Would he have made him play left-back?
At City, Barry will start in his preferred position in midfield and they might even do quite well if Mark Hughes continues to draw £50 notes out of ADUG's bottomless pit of money.
Clearly, Barry needs to sack his PR team. By constantly harping on about the Champions League he made a rod for his own back, and his calling-out of O'Neill was spectacularly bone-headed.
But the scorn poured on him for joining City demonstrates the ridiculous double standards that exist in football.
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On to matters that genuinely merit derision, and Tony Adams's bizarre claim that he was close to taking over as Celtic manager.
Adams is damaged goods after his sacking by Portsmouth but he gave millions of Hoops fans an almighty scare by saying he would become manager in alliance with Parkhead legend Wim Jansen.
"My good friend Wim Jansen is probably in at Celtic. It would be him as technical director and me as manager," he said.
"I've not applied for the role. I know Wim Jansen, who has put me in there.
"I think they approached him, and I know Wim from my Feyenoord days, and he's actually said that he would only do the role if I were to be made manager.
"By saying manager, it is kind of a head coach's position really because once you have a technical director like you have in Europe, they help you with recruitment."
No surprise that renaissance man Adams favours a continental-style management structure, but ED was interested to hear what he thinks a technical director actually does.
"They do the 'nuts and bolts', the travel arrangements, the hotels, and all that kind of stuff."
So, they're a travel agent?
It was just when Adams was expressing his delight that "you have a 50 per cent chance of winning something" at an Old Firm club that Celtic came out and described Adams's utterances as "complete garbage".
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Kaka: "I'll say it for the last time. The last time. I don't want to leave Milan. In this period I prefer to remain silent because I don't want to be misunderstood. Or, worse still, to be used. To the millions of Milan supporters, I say that I have made my choice. I have said what I want to stay. Leave me in peace, please."
Less than 24 hours, Kaka belongs to Real Madrid. The deal will not be made official next week because Silvio Berlusconi has European elections to fight on Thursday.
FOREIGN VIEW: OK, it's not football, but ED thought this was funny:
The Mayor of Zagreb has called for Freddie Mercury to make a comeback gig in the Croatian capital.
Speaking on national television about his musical preferences, Milan Bandic said he wanted to attract rock legends to the city.
"I would like to see David Bowie play in Zagreb. And Freddie Mercury could come, too," he said.
The Queen frontman died in 1991.
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