By Ian Mills.
Ex head of media & communications at Everton FC Alan Myers has exclusively revealed the details behind Nick Barmby’s controversial move across the park back in July 2000 on Across The Park Extra Episode 7.
In a move that hurt Evertonians, Barmby’s transfer to Liverpool has always been portrayed as a case of player power with Barmby seemingly rejecting a new deal at Everton and demanding a move to Liverpool.
Then Everton manager Walter Smith first revealed the news on June 30 2000, stating "Nick has indicated to me that he would like to move to Liverpool. Liverpool have already made an enquiry and we must now wait for an official approach from them."
"Nick Barmby has been transfer-listed with immediate effect. It goes without saying that we are very disappointed by this development."
Smith added: "We have done everything we can to retain this player's services. It is an impossible situation for both parties."
However, during an appearance on Across The Park extra, then head of media at the time Myers revealed that as far as he knew, Barmby actually wanted to stay at Everton, and only asked for the transfer to Liverpool after Everton had accepted a bid from Chelsea.
“He didn’t want to leave Everton, Nick didn’t want to leave. I remember him saying to me “I don’t want to go, but if I have to go, there is only one place I’m going’" and that was Liverpool.”
“He was desperate to stay” Myers added. “If I remember rightly Everton were actually trying to sell him to Chelsea. Chelsea were offering more money than Liverpool but Nick said again if he was to be sold, then he would only go to one club and that was Liverpool.”
To hear the full story LISTEN below to Across The Park Extra Episode 7 here - https://www.acrosstheparkpodcast.co.uk/podcast/episode/24810708/atp-extra-episode-7-alan-myers