O’Neill ready to stand up to Liverpool again

Martin O’Neill has said he will not take a Liverpool bid for his services lying down.  The Irishman was named as 6/4 favourite for the manager’s role at Anfield after Rafa Benitez left by mutual consent on Thursday.

But after rebuffing repeated attempts by Liverpool to sign his captain Gareth Barry in 2008 and 2009, O’Neill said he is once again ready to stand firm.

“I’ve heard the rumours but as of yet there has been no bid – and none will be welcomed either,” he said.  “I have a contract at this club and remain an important part of the management team.”

Barry eventually left for Manchester City in 2009 for a sum of £12m – £8m less than the £20m that Villa had held out for twelve months earlier.

“I haven’t spoken to myself about it yet as I’m currently on holidays.  But as soon as I manage to reach me I will be telling myself how much I am wanted at this club.”

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