The 36-year-old midfielder underwent a successful medical at the Baggies' training ground this afternoon before putting pen to paper on a contract that takes him back to Birmingham where he spent a large chunk of his career with Aston Villa.
Barry was a regular England international in his prime and won the Premier League during his time at Manchester City before making the move to Goodison Park in 2013, first as a loan acquisition by Roberto Martinez and then a permanent signing.
He made over 130 appearances for the Toffees to pull within four of passing Ryan GIggs as the player to have played more games in the Premier League era than any other.
With Everton well-stocked for central midfielders and Tony Pulis having recently sanctioned the transfer of Darren Fletcher to Stoke City, Barry felt he had more chance of getting regular game time at The Hawthorns than at Goodison Park.
"I've had four great years at Everton," he told evertonfc.com. "The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I'm proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career.
"There are too many people to thank but I'd like to mention a few of them - the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I've enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates. And of course the fans.
"Look forward to seeing you all again."
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1 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:19:45
2 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:20:07
Breaking transfer news away from this game and Liverpool's rivals Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be around £45m.
3 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:22:11
4 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:24:45
5 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:30:52
6 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:41:29
7 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:42:28
Boo and hoo. Would of been nice for him to be a blue while breaking the appearance record. I hope Koeman knows what's he's doing.
8 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:42:54
9 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:44:41
10 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:46:20
But to his credit he came back these past two seasons stronger and found ways to keep contributing. Very smart player too. Plus look at that great head of hair, chiseled good looks. What are they gonna think in West Brom!?
11 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:53:13
12 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:55:52
13 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:55:52
14 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:56:46
15 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:59:43
You have been a superb pro for us and we will miss you.
16 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:01:47
17 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:04:38
18 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:06:11
19 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:15:52
20 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:19:56
21 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:20:24
22 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:25:51
I understand why we're letting him go, but think he would have been a great asset if he'd stayed with us
An outstanding professional who's a credit to the game and sets a great example to young players - just wish we had more players of his attitude and dedication.
All the very best for a happy & successful future - hope you very soon pass that record - shame you didn't do it at Goodison.
23 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:26:16
Thanks for everything.
24 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:30:00
Belongs in the 'Ultimate Pro' bracket.
Great signing for West Brom and hope he comes back in some capacity in the future.
25 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:35:42
26 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:51:40
A great pro for others to learn from and a good option from the bench or even to start in what (hopefully!) will be a congested fixture list.
It would also have been nice to see him surpass Giggs' record PL appearances whilst wearing the Blue of Everton.
27 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:52:23
28 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:20:54
No, I'm sorry to see him go but the decision Wayne would have to made. Do I ask for the no10 shirt that I wore all the time at MU or do I ask for my old no18 shirt back.
Sorry, but that would have been wonderful, Rooney 18. But I am sure a few unburnt ones would have been brought back out to save a few bob from fans.
29 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:22:06
30 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:23:00
31 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:25:00
32 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:39:00
33 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:42:57
Anyway, good look to him a class player we will miss. I just hope Besic can stand up.
34 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:43:14
He needed runners round him and due to injuries they were not always forthcoming, but the occasional move back to play as a centre half, to shore up a game from the bench and a killer pass here and there made him a reliable player.
I will always watch out for whoever he plays for and hope he beats Giggs - I suspect Gareth's minutes on pitch already are higher.
35 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:47:16
I just read that Koeman is interested in Danny Wellbeck and that Wellbeck is very interested in Everton. Could be a total garbage rumour but I am quite excited about the prospect if there is a hint of truth in it. I think he would be a wonderful player for us, and probably, just what we need.
36 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:47:40
We might have a chance to get close to the top of the fair play with the reduction in yellow cards :)
Good Luck for the future Gareth and thanks for time you spent with us
37 Posted 15/08/2017 at 23:03:39
The Wellbeck "rumour"
38 Posted 15/08/2017 at 23:06:27
39 Posted 15/08/2017 at 23:07:13
I don't know if you recall, but weren't we like right at the top of the Fair Play table under Moyes and then immediately plummeted under Martinez. True there was a lot of ill-discipline under him but Barry's became almost tactical. It was like the officials had a list of items to tick off when we played...blow the first whistle, make notes of players being booked, give one additional minute, blow for half time, blow for the second half, make notes of players being booked, book Gareth Barry, give three additional minutes, blow up for full time.
40 Posted 15/08/2017 at 23:41:50
He was the only genuine holding midfield player we had.
Schneiderlin and Gueye don't do the job. Gueye could, but hasn't been asked to, Schneiderlin can't and doesn't want to.
The Siggurdson signing gives us plenty of cover in midfield, (where is he going to play, permanently?), unfortunately we have nobody who will encourage the back four to push out as they see the MF disappearing over the horizon.
When you know months ago that your main striker is going, and for big bucks, to get to were we are without buying strikers, plural, is madness.
41 Posted 16/08/2017 at 00:47:06
I thought he was finished when he got here. Four years later premiership clubs still want him.
42 Posted 16/08/2017 at 00:53:26
At 36 years of age it is indeed incredible.
43 Posted 16/08/2017 at 01:06:47
44 Posted 16/08/2017 at 01:24:23
I'm a little gutted for him as I know the club would have made a huge deal of his upcoming appearance record. But I can honestly see him playing for 2-3 more years at the top level. The move will be good for him as I know WBA will give him the game time that he needs.
With Barry going, and the possibility of McCarthy and Barkley also leaving this window. Even with Sigurdsson coming in, our once bloated midfield will look pretty light. We've been linked with Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht again today so I wouldn't be surprised if we see another central midfielder come in before the deadline.
45 Posted 16/08/2017 at 02:35:34
46 Posted 16/08/2017 at 02:54:20
47 Posted 16/08/2017 at 03:15:08
Good luck to him and hope he continues to prove doubters wrong.
48 Posted 16/08/2017 at 05:23:26
49 Posted 16/08/2017 at 05:31:10
Unless hes talking about his commute it proves stats can be pretty misleading. Or perhaps they are confusing him with Gana? Gareth/Gana. Same same so can understand it.
50 Posted 16/08/2017 at 06:36:40
We've got better holding midfielders now in Gana and Schneiderlin, so it's right for him to move on.
Aside from that, good luck to him for the future. He could still do a job for WBA
51 Posted 16/08/2017 at 06:55:56
It's obviously clear to anyone who's been watching us through the summer, that we're desperately short in many positions. I'd say CF, RW, LW, LB, LCB, RB, yet the clubs decided to waste the Lukaku money on three No 10's (Klaassen, Rooney and Sigurdsson), all of which are incapable of playing in any other position, including in Koeman's favoured 4-3-2-1 formation.
Now the clubs decided that it's not enough to have 6 positions to fill, lets add another one. No-one else in the squad can cover that deep lying playmaker position that Schneiderlin and Barry were covering, and judging by Schneiderlin's start to the season, I would have personally replaced him with Barry for next Monday.
The most worrying aspect of this transfer, is the fact that Tony Pulis has enlightened our fans to the fact that Barry turned down a 2-year deal to stay at Everton, to sign a 1-year deal as a starter at WBA. This is particularly worrying, as it suggests that the club were aware of Barry's remaining importance to the club and yet, it's inability to keep squad players feeling part of the first team set-up.
This unfortunately is becoming a worrying trend. Koeman has so far, managed to isolate a number of players who haven't been first team regulars i.e. Deulofeu, Barkley, Jagielka, Barry, players who I believe should still be contributing to our team. For me, this is really poor management. One of the key attributes of a good Manager, is to make every important player in the squad, feel like part of the first team.
Some managers will rotate their squad to install unity, others will use the powers of Manipulation. Unfortunately, Koeman has used the cold shoulder, scapegoated these players and basically hung them out to dry.
Hate to use the example of Alex Ferguson, as I can't stand the bloke, but it's very clear how he would've dealt with the Barry situation. He would've given him a run in the team (easier home games), bigged him up in the media, got him to sign the 2 year deal, then no sooner as the transfer window shuts, discard him to the bench.
Instead, we now find ourselves in a situation, where we need to find a replacement, probably at £20-40m, which would have been better served spent elsewhere in the squad. Poor man management, again!
52 Posted 16/08/2017 at 07:02:41
You have been a superb pro for us and we will miss you.
53 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:19:32
54 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:21:41
Siggy in is great news, now we just need one or two striking options and leftback cover. The transfer train is back on the rails! Toot-toot!
55 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:30:32
The most cultured midfield player to grace a blue shirt in decades.
True ability to read the game and to make it seem effortless.
As good as Dobson in his pomp.
56 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:30:39
Great player always looking to get the ball on the ground and move it forward and for those mentioning his booking count; I recall he took many of them for the team.
We'll miss his experience.
Best of luck Gareth. Brom's gain.
57 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:39:42
58 Posted 16/08/2017 at 08:56:46
59 Posted 16/08/2017 at 09:05:21
60 Posted 16/08/2017 at 09:20:25
61 Posted 16/08/2017 at 09:35:24
62 Posted 16/08/2017 at 09:54:21
63 Posted 16/08/2017 at 11:46:04
64 Posted 16/08/2017 at 12:26:29
66 Posted 16/08/2017 at 12:53:53
A most underrated, intelligent, versatile, physically and mentally tough player.
Like many, I was quite underwhelmed when he joined us, but nothing but respect for him now.
An absolute professional who never once let us down, gave less than 100 per cent, or under-performed.
If only we had signed him five years earlier.
Good luck Gareth. A warm welcome awaits you whenever you return to Goodison.
67 Posted 16/08/2017 at 13:28:09
Good luck Gareth & thanks, loved watching you play for us.
68 Posted 16/08/2017 at 13:28:16
It seems the Spaniard's legacy and footprint has all but been removed from the club.
69 Posted 16/08/2017 at 13:57:39
70 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:00:12
71 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:04:44
72 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:06:54
Glad to have seen him play for us. I'm another one who had no idea just how good he was until I saw him in the flesh. Quality pro.
73 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:20:45
74 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:26:36
75 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:31:07
Bet that was lost on most people under 50.
76 Posted 16/08/2017 at 14:42:52
There were games under Roberto that he was the only one who turned up.
77 Posted 16/08/2017 at 16:17:00
Barry though has behaved like a gentleman and true professional throughout his time at Everton. Good luck.
78 Posted 16/08/2017 at 18:38:12
79 Posted 16/08/2017 at 18:59:44
80 Posted 16/08/2017 at 19:53:42
81 Posted 16/08/2017 at 20:01:04
82 Posted 16/08/2017 at 20:18:06
83 Posted 16/08/2017 at 20:27:18
84 Posted 16/08/2017 at 20:28:53
85 Posted 16/08/2017 at 21:21:45
But maybe, just maybe, legends to be are poised to put their heads above the muddy hillock once more.
86 Posted 16/08/2017 at 21:28:33
The definition of a journeyman is reliable but not outstanding. Barry has been an outstanding player throughout his career surely.
88 Posted 17/08/2017 at 05:13:18
Kind of player everyone should be proud of in my humble opinion.
89 Posted 17/08/2017 at 05:17:52
I'd venture 95% of the yellows he took were of the "smart" variety, for the team as it were.
90 Posted 17/08/2017 at 17:54:45
91 Posted 18/08/2017 at 15:01:28
I also believe he would have both stayed and honoured his contract as is his way ( a rarity in today's game to labour a point )
However I am glad that the club and RK respected his want to play regular football but feel in this cut throat world having principles can hurt. but its why I still follow this club after 35 years and am glad his wishes were respected
Best of luck lad
92 Posted 24/08/2017 at 01:15:21
An excellent signing, one I supported from the moment it was announced and a great loss to Everton Football Club.
Man United wouldn't have let him go (see Giggs, Scholes etc) and Ian Wright criticised Arsenal for not going for him this time round. We should have kept him involved - he can also play left centre back and left back by the way.
Thank you, Mr. Barry and wishing you every success in the future.
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