Barry would back himself to have done a job in Cityâ€™s engine room â€“ if he had been given the chance by the hard-line boss.
He said: â€œYeah, of course I would. I told the manager at the time that Iâ€™m confident and you are making the wrong decision.
â€œI still feel I can compete with these players here. But that is football â€“ opinions. And in the end I had to respect him and move on.
â€œWhen somebody tells you they donâ€™t think you are good enough, that your face doesnâ€™t fit, you donâ€™t just roll over.
â€œYou have got to back yourself. I had a few conversations but the managerâ€™s mind was made up. I presumed he had watched previous games and made his mind up on that.
â€œI said when he first came here that I wanted him to see me train â€“ to see me play in a few pre-season games.
â€œI felt I gave a good account of myself. But once somebodyâ€™s mind is made up, sometimes thatâ€™s it.
â€œAny rejection hurts in life but that was that chapter. And as soon as I came through the doors here that was all forgotten about."
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