Dan, if its a differnet choice of spelling then fine, but since posts on here also blame Rafa, and call him an unethical business man, think you can see why I thought there was a little lack of respect involved.
As for finishing above the Reds, and still not securing CL football, your right its quite possible. Everton did give us a good race at the end, but since the points gap between us and the blues was 11 points, which also happened to be the points difference between us and the Mancs, I'll let other decide if Liverpool are more likely to fall out of the CL qualifying spot, or win the title.
But finally, on the Barry point, think your right, maybe its best to give it a rest for a while. Alhough to be fair, I've not initiated the last few threads here, just thrown my opinions onto threads started by others who I assume are Villa fans. But besides, it looks like MON is not starting to negotiate, and while I think he's almost insultingly undervaluing Finnan as a makeweight, at least things may now be moving.