When everybody is speculating about Gareth Barry’s move to another club, the English player has been really strong about his post at Everton. He turned down the offer from NY City citing no retirement intentions at present.
It was Everton coach Robert Martinez who suggested him not to leave Everton alerting that a move to NY City might mean the conclusion of his career. “America has been quite a treasured option and I even had conversations regarding it”, stated the defensive midfielder. “However, when I sat with coaches in my team, they stressed- ‘if you’re getting there, you’re retiring’.”
“It was all in head. Certainly, I didn’t agree to retire but then I agree that it would mean going to some league which is up & coming & not as huge as Premier League. I understood their point. It would have been massive going there (America) & experiencing it. In fact, I had discussions regarding it in mu home- the very idea of taking to a completely different culture & going through another interesting learning curve seemed really appealing.”
“I’m pretty sure that I would’ve been able to relish it & there’s a very strong argument pushing me to shift. But then, the season we had in Everton in 2013, pushed me not to move & the club extended a 3-yeatr contract that showed how much faith Everton had in me.
“Around 3-4 Premier League squads approached me, 2 teams from abroad also showed interest yet I am very happy here”, emphasized the committed Everton man. “Whilst I can still play at Premier League matches, I really don’t wish to fly abroad. In fact, I was not even contemplating to hang my boots”.
Everton’s 3 year contract deal is quite an achievement for Barry as such a prolonged contract is little unusual, for a 33-year-old player.
The owner of Aston Villa, Randy Lerner put up to sale the Premier League club but hasn’t received any real offers of anyone interested of controlling the club. As a way to cut up some of the wage bills of players, Lerner delivered orders to slash the wages of certain players including: Shay Given, Darren Bent and Alan Hutton.
Alan Hutton had been loaned out to Bolton Wanderers, Notthingham Forest and Mallorca for 2 seasons but now he has been given the chance to reignite his Premier League career as he was featured in the opening match of the season for Aston Villa and indeed the Scottish defender played an important role in his clubs’ victory against Stoke City.
The experienced defender neutralized almost all the threats that arrived from the right wing as he helped Aston Villa picking up their first away triumph since New Year’s Day.
Despite having his wages slashed and not playing an important role in Aston Villa as well as having to spend a few seasons on different clubs, Alan Hutton says that he only wants to focus in the future and forget about everything that has happened.
Alan Hutton went on saying to the media that certain things that happened was out of his control and he couldn’t do anything about it: “Was I a victim of politics? Yeah, but at the end of the day football is also a business and you need to respect the decisions which come from high above.
“It’s one of those things which happen in football, and you can only keep your head down and keep working. Because it was beyond my control there was nothing much else I could do – I just went in and trained every day, kept going and kept my head up. I’ve got a family behind me who supported me all the way and that was really a plus. I was always in touch with the manager, even when I went out on loan, and there was never anything bad between us. It was just a situation we were in’’