Gareth Barry talks about leaving Everton

Saturday, 19 September, 2020 9comments  |  Jump to last
Gareth Barry has been talking about leaving Everton in 2017:

"I kept seeing my name linked with other teams and getting involved in player deals coming in and I felt that I wasn't wanted as much. Now Ronald [Koeman] has come out and said he was desperate to keep me, so I'm not sure if it was him or the hierarchy above him that were feeling my time was up."

Barry also provides his views on Ronald Koeman as a manager.

» Read the full article at Liverpool Echo

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 19/09/2020 at 08:43:01
What a classy no nonsense player he was, he could read the game brilliantly, and I for one wished he'd have stayed for a while longer. It would probably in hindsight have saved us a lot of money.

The only real blemish on his career as far as I know was when he was in Spain with fellow WBA players (pre-season I think) and he and three others decided to drive off in the taxi. A prank that was not only stupid but attracted all the wrong publicity.

However I wish him all the best and sure he will still continue in the game in possibly a coaching role, and I thank him for his time with us, just wish it had been both earlier, and longer.

Geoff Williams
2 Posted 19/09/2020 at 10:35:53
A super player, he certainly had the full backing of the crowd who recognised his importance to the team.
David Pearl
3 Posted 19/09/2020 at 15:22:28
One of the better midfield players I've seen in blue. With Koeman being one of the worst managers I've seen on the sidelines.
Frank Sheppard
4 Posted 19/09/2020 at 18:10:16
An inspired signing, that never let us dow, was totally reliable, and a credit to the club.
Steven Carmichael
5 Posted 20/09/2020 at 00:31:55
Barry – a legend. He gave my son his first autograph in the pouring rain... I'll never forget that man.
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 20/09/2020 at 00:37:36
Interesting read. He didn't quite get the Niasse treatment but Koeman thought he was too old to make an impact until Barry proved him wrong.

I know he had a long career and isn't a local but you get the sense he developed a real affinity for Everton and the fans. One of the best old-timers we've signed along with Gough and Power.

Jack Convery
7 Posted 20/09/2020 at 13:17:11
Class Player Class Person.
Kevin Molloy
8 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:54:27
I've not enjoyed watching a player more than Barry. I just found it fascinating how he was able to contribute just through knowing where to be and what to do.
Jamie Crowley
9 Posted 22/09/2020 at 22:21:39
Brilliant and classy player and man.

This guy was the steady force in the best Everton midfield I've seen with McCarthy and Barkley.

Gareth Barry was immense. Knew how to quickly and efficiently distribute the ball, always worked his ass off, knew when and how to commit a professional foul, protected the back four better than almost anyone I've seen in a Blue jersey, and an absolute gentleman.

Class. Can you believe he was shown the door basically for Schneiderlin? Shocking! Such a great player.

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