It’s up to you now…Special Agent GB

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s cunning plan to finally see the sky blues snare six points from age old nemesis Everton, in a single season, swung into action late last night.

The Chilean supremo launched a dramatic covert operation placing one of his key men behind enemy lines, as Special Agent GB was dropped into an unsuspecting Goodison Park.

Secret mission - Manuel Pellegrini's plan to plunder six points from Everton is underway

Secret mission – Manuel Pellegrini’s plan to plunder six points from Everton is underway

Pellegrini has craftily concealed his intentions in recent days by praising Special Agent Gareth Barry, diplomatically referring to him as an ‘important player’ when speaking to the media.

But, in the next breath the wily City boss has implied that Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell were all ahead of Special Agent Barry in terms of first team selection.

Undercover - Gareth Barry has seemingly changed his stripes...or has he?

Undercover – Gareth Barry has seemingly changed his stripes…or has he?

His strategy of leaving his deep cover asset in England, as City’s first team squad travelled to Germany and Finland in the pre-season, is now seen as a master stroke as both Everton Chairman, Bill Kenwright and new manager, Roberto Martinez ‘bought it’ and took the bait just before 23.00hrs.

Special Agent Barry bluffed and double –bluffed his way into the blue side of Liverpool, as protracted negotiations over his six-figure salary threatened the success of his mission, before it had even begun.

Now, having taken on a deeper shade of blue in his match day uniform, Special Agent Barry needs to execute Pellegrini’s plan with military precision. He must move swiftly and with dexterity to convey the Merseysider’s strategy for the forthcoming fixture in Manchester on Saturday, October 5th.

Unable to participate in the match himself due to the loan transfer conditions, Special Agent Barry may well inform his unsuspecting new paymasters that it is a 3pm kick-off, thereby giving City a 135-minute head start to rack up a monstrous goal advantage.

Or, at the very least, City can claim all three points by default, following Everton’s failure to be at the Etihad on time.

He then has almost the entire season to weave a web of deceit to ensure a City victory at Goodison Park, in the penultimate match of the Premier League season on May 3rd.

In agreeing to this daunting task, Special Agent Barry deserves the undying respect and gratitude of the entire Manchester City support.

Midfield General - Special Agent GB needs to work with military precision

Midfield General – Special Agent GB needs to work with military precision

It’s been an astonishing 33 years – longer than Special Agent Barry’s lifetime – since City last plundered maximum league points from the Evertonian enemy. A 2-0 Boxing Day win in 1980 was bolstered by a 3-1 victory at Maine Road In April 1981, in the pre-Premier League era.

The success of the mission would be a glorious pre-cursor to City lifting the PL trophy aloft on Sunday May 11th when West Ham travel to Manchester for the last game of the league campaign.

If all goes to plan City will still have two more games to play – the FA Cup Final on May 17th and the Champions League finale in Lisbon on May 24th.

Special Agent Barry would be conspicuous by his absence from both showpiece occasions but certainly not forgotten by those in the know (ITK), who will marvel at the self sacrifice and sheer professionalism of the man.

Whatever the outcome, the Manchester City ‘Family’ should always remember his valiant role working tirelessly – often unnoticed – in City’s rise to prominence.

On behalf of all City fans, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you – Special Agent Barry – our very own one-man Team GB – for your invaluable contribution to the upward trajectory of the Blue Moon…over and out!



David Walker



  1. September 3, 2013  4:40 am by Paul Reply

    Just brilliant !!

  2. September 3, 2013  6:17 am by Chris Williams Reply

    My initial thoughts are whether our new Manager is a very good judge, as he obviously feels that Garcia offers more than Barry in our midfield. This for me is the most worrying aspect of this deal seeing Barry go out on loan to Everton.

    We actually beat Everton at Goodison in 1992 with two goals from Mike Sheron and one from David White in a
    1 - 3 score line.

    • September 3, 2013  7:08 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Chris. Yes we did beat Everton that season but we lost 5-2 at home. We haven't won home and away since 1980/81 according to my dead-of-the-night research - I could be wrong? Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. September 3, 2013  7:42 am by Andy Devereux Reply

    Not surprised he moved as he would have very limited opportunities to play had he stayed but he will be missed and we will always be grateful for the role he played in the rise of the blue moon,cheers gaz baz.Excellent scribing as per David.

    • September 3, 2013  8:29 am by David Walker Reply

      Yes it was always on the cards and he didn't want to go, but who knows, if he has a stormer he might even make the England WC squad - you only have to play 2 good games on the trot and Woy calls you up! I've heard this morning that City could be paying up to 60% of his wages - it's non-corroborated source, but I sincerely hope not. That wouldn't make any sense whatsoever unless it's goodwill in the bank?

  4. September 3, 2013  9:05 am by Guvnor Reply

    Garcia better than Barry? why has he not gone? Barry has more games and experience than Garcia and Rodwell put together and less injuries. Not sure about MP yet, you know I don't panic, his judgement was wrong about Dzeko, Saturday proved it again.
    That's my rant over back to my steady head now.

    • September 3, 2013  10:06 am by David Walker Reply

      Age and economics are big factor/fcd m, cgvz\\|m,,.,kja


      • September 3, 2013  10:15 am by David Walker Reply

        Oops - that went a bit crazy! AQs I was 'saying' before mouse mania cut in - age and economics are against GB and there are obvious questions being asked of Garcia's abilities and suitability to the PL. A fit Rodwell will be a great asset to City. I think we need to give MP time but I agree, it should be Negredo over Dzeko every time all the time at present. Cheers Guvnor.

  5. September 3, 2013  9:51 am by Grant Mills Reply

    Never rated Barry to be honest and was surprised we bought him in the first place. Although saying that I can see why people rated him for the balance he brought to the side. Still loved the way he robbed Giggs then out paced him to set up Milner at OT last season.
    We need all the help we can get against Everton.
    Great read again.

  6. September 3, 2013  10:17 am by David Walker Reply

    We all have differing opinions Grant and you are as much entitled to yours as me to mine. This may come back to bite me but could it be that Moyes' move to Utd has weakened Everton and Manure at the same time? Let's hope so.

  7. September 3, 2013  10:57 am by Simon Dear Reply

    Very well put you never know he might drop a few bombs of his own for us at the swamp and take out RVP in the process! . Big thanks to GB for his massive contribution to helping City achieve greatness. He was one of the first 'big' signing successes .. After flops in Robinho, Jo, Bridge & co . I personally will always remember him wearing my City scarf with pride after we won the league on that unforgettable day ( it's ok you can keep it Gareth!! )
    Unsung legend in my eyes.

    • September 4, 2013  10:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      So, you're the mystery GB scarf lender - giver! Top man Simon - I endorse all your sentiments.

  8. September 3, 2013  8:12 pm by guy burke Reply

    yes - being an "old gimmer" myself i can confirm that 80/81 sounds about right for our last league double over "the toffees" also that season there were 2 other famous games between us and EFC in the fa cup qf. a 2-2 draw at goodison was followed by a replay at a packed maine road where city triumphed . "sir gareth" and his contribution for the last 4 seasons will never be forgotten by city or their fans .

  9. September 4, 2013  10:59 pm by David Walker Reply

    Aye up GB paying homage to GB - this could get confusing! What's an old gimmer? If I can recall the action of 80/81 am I in danger of being an honorary 'OG' GB?

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