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  • Just to keep this rumbling on a bit...
    I see Barry played for Villa last night, watching Sky Sports News this morning a Villa fan was talking about it, he said if someone comes along and offers you alot more money to go and work for them you don't say no do you?....Hmmmmm...
    I'm not convinced it's the same situation, I don't have thousands of people watching me do my job every week desperately willing to do it well!!
    My job's not life or death whereas football....

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    • Good post Kentish,

      These day's a lot of big clubs (not just here in the EPL) but in the Spanish & Italian leagues plagiarise players from other clubs who are aspiring to get to the top of the league.

      We have done it ourselves recently (John Bostock - Crystal Palace). But the underhand way that Liverpool & Manchester United have gone about unsettling our 2 main strikers can be seen as being plagiarism in the extreme.

      The Manc's are kicking up all manner of fuss over CR and RM's interest in him, and it seem's very hypercritical that SAF has the audacity to criticise Levy for complaining regarding the Manc's unwelcome approach for Berbatov.

    • Maybe FIFA/UEFA/The FA should do something about the contracts themselves.

      To borrow from Kurt's analogy, if Joe Public signs a contract to work for somebody he knows exactly what he's letting himself in for and he either fulfils it or pays the consequences. Maybe if the powers-that-be were to insist on contracts being adhered to it might stop all these shenanigans - but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

      The amount of money paid to some of these prima donnas in the PL for running around a footie field for up to 90 mins once or twice a week is obscene, and it's aided and abetted by Chairmen like Abramovich with endless streams of money buying up the "best" players so they're not playing against them (then letting them rot on the bench). Remember the sharp intake of breath when Trevor Francis became the first £1m player back in 1979? Did anyone then imagine we'd be looking at RM potentially shelling out £80m for the diving winker?

      That said, I agree with Kurt that if we can sell for a profit then it's good for the club - but not necessarily our best players. If we do sell our best players the money received has to be reinvested in those who can take us to the next level. Perhaps then we can keep our stars instead of the "big boys" coming in for them when they see they're doing well - either that or we'll remain in mid-table mediocrity for the foreseeable future.

    • Mercenary is one way of putting it.

      If an average guy in the street is getting paid £200 a week and someone else offers him £220 a week to do the same job then you can understand him switching employer. When someones getting paid more in a week than most of us earn in a year for doing a part time job it's a bit of a joke when they leave because they can earn more money.

      That said I can at least live with it when players leave and we get money in return. In a totally different league to the likes of Campbell who declared his undying love for the team and then let his contract run out before running off for nothing. Levy isn't about to let that happen under his reign.

    • Mercenary is one way of putting it.

      If an average guy in the street is getting paid £200 a week and someone else offers him £220 a week to do the same job then you can understand him switching employer. When someones getting paid more in a week than most of us earn in a year for doing a part time job it's a bit of a joke when they leave because they can earn more money.

      That said I can at least live with it when players leave and we get money in return. In a totally different league to the likes of Campbell who declared his undying love for the team and then let his contract run out before running off for nothing. Levy isn't about to let that happen under his reign.

    • or another perspective is that we could always get Mido and Defoe back and get 5th place next season ;)

      I don't think we'll miss him so much. There are other players just as good


      Bacon roll anyone?

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      • I don't think that's all th ere is to it. After all, we're famous for paying low wages, so why did Keane stick with us until now? I'm completely convinced he could have got more money elsewhere before now, is it because of the prestige? Maybe more currently successful clubs weren't interested? Maybe he's bored of us... maybe anything.

        I suppose the mercenaries are what keeps the league interesting in a lot of ways - without the mercenaries Chelsea would never have broken the top of the table, and that certainly made a change to the 'expected' clubs...

    • that's just the problem nowadays, it is just a job to them and they want the job that pays the highest, there is no loyalty anymore, or if so, then very rarely, fact ;-)

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      • I agree Berlin,

        The day's of 'one club men' are well and truly over!!

        When I first started supporting Spurs, we had players like Cyril Knowles, Martin Chivers, Stevie Perryman & Glenn Hoodle who gave their hearts and souls week in, week out for Tottenham Hotspur and would never even have considered deserting the club for other clubs within the same league.

        Then we had players that professed their love of the club and the clubs supporters but deserted at the first opportunity to sign for one of the so called 'top four' .... a-la-Sol Campbell & Teddy Sheringham.

        The day's of club loyalty are a thing of the distant past.. What counts these days are how deep the players pockets are and how much more £ these players can get in the over-inflated transfer market!!!!

    • that's just the problem nowadays, it is just a job to them and they want the job that pays the highest, there is no loyalty anymore, or if so, then very rarely, fact ;-)

    • Good point Big G,

      I suppose it depends on who the player is, where he plays in the team and whether he is an integral part of the team!!

      Will Barry be missed by Aston Villa in the same way as us missing Robbie Keane? I don't know!!.

      All I do know is both of our main strikers have expressed a desire to ply their trade elsewhere.

      Hopefully when the transfer window closes we will still have them both at the club, or failing that get in suitable replacements for them!!

      It definately is a time of transition down at WHL!!

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      • To be honest Mike, I don't want either of them there now. They've both (allegedly!) expressed their desire to leave the club. If the deals are not completed and they end up staying I don't believe for a minute they'll give 100%.
        I've gone from feeling sick about the whole thing to resolving myself to seeing new strikers this season to actually relishing the though of a breath of fresh air and some new, hopefully very talented, blood.