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Harry Talks Bellamy And Bellamy Talks City

In contrast to Mancio's unflustered assertion that 'this is a football match, not a war,' Spurs boss Harry Redknapp keeps up the media offensive ahead of tonight's massive game...

Harry, who has done a tremendous job in dragging what is in itself a historically well funded Tottenham squad up from relegation candidates to top four contenders has bizarrely (in the context of tonight's clash) singled out Craig Bellamy's signing for City following relentless pursuit from Mark Hughes for comment before the two sides meet:

'I was interested in Bellamy and we tried to sign him. At the time I was trying to sign Bellamy, we were after Wilson Palacios as well. And then City came and said: 'If you don't drop out of Bellamy, we'll sign Palacios as well, and you won't get either of them. But if you pull out of Bellamy, we'll pull out of Palacios and then we both get a player. They just said: 'We'll blow you out of the water.''

The Spurs boss is threatening to give City's players, particularly Bellamy, their team talk and has again indulged in a dalliance with Taggart style mind games in reiterating that City are under pressure:

'For sure, there is more pressure on them. At the start of the year we all felt that if anyone was going to break in to the top four then realistically it was going to be Manchester City. You could see the regular four teams being there with maybe Manchester City the one club that could push into the group with the resources and the money they have spent, so there is no real pressure on us.'

Certainly City's squad has gelled much quicker than expected across football after last summer's major overhaul as only the rags being the one side from 'The Sky Big Four' to beat them this season shows. The double over Chelsea was no fluke and if anything, this City side tend to drift into complacency only when expected to stroll to a win.

But back to Bellamy, and he'll be reading with great interest this morning Redknapp's hinted assertion that players only sign for Manchester City for money:

If you can persuade a player to come to your club for football reasons, then you've still got a chance. Ninety-nine per cent of players will go where the extra 20 grand is.'

For his part, in a nicely timed response, Bellamy has underlined his commitment to Manchester City and his faith in his manager Roberto Mancini. Many hacks in the 'Street of Shame' will be left crestfallen at his public show of unity:

'I knew when I signed for Manchester City that I would have to graft and take myself to a level that I had not reached for a while. But that appeals to me and the thought of more players arriving this summer and fighting for my place with a new calibre of teammate appeals to me even more. It's going to be incredible. Who would not want to be part of City at the moment?'

Bellers refutes the suggestion that it's curtains if City fail to win tonight:

'If we finish fourth it allows us to drive forward a little bit quicker. But it's not do or die for us. It's not like, if we don't get fourth this season, we'll have blown our best chance at it and the opportunity might never come round again. If it's not this season, then we'll be back. We will be knocking on the door again straight away.

And of his relationship with Mancio, the fiery City frontman said:

'You would know about it if there were problems between me and Mancini, I promise you. We both speak very bad English so we don't talk a lot but there is not a problem. No problem at all!

'I think the club has to stick with the manager. We have brought him in. If we are going to be successful, we have to stick with the manager and he has to have full control.'

Craig Bellamy, with all his wealth of big city derbies and high pressure matches is precisely the type of player you would want on your side tonight and Harry Redknapp knows it.

His need to talk about Bellamy at length speaks volumes.

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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 5 2010

Time: 10:05AM

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Bullying tactics, we were after him first etc, etc, etc? I can't seem to believe a word old 'Arry says these days. Lets face it, if the police believe they have enough evidence to prove someone is a criminal then it makes believing them that tad harder. Well doesn't it?
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05/05/2010 11:12:00

its all mind games and hype lets just hope its the football that wins COYS
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05/05/2010 11:20:00

PS, anyone else think these silly comments by old 'Arry look like an open begging to letter to Blatter and Platini......
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05/05/2010 11:21:00

'Arry is a wideboy and an opportunist. Spuds revival should be about the players....but guess what? It's not. It's about good ole 'Arry. Sadly, if Spuds make it to the Chumps League it will be all about him. Sad.
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05/05/2010 11:45:00

think you mean WHEN spurs make it to the champions league ******s, as good as city are they won't win tonight, i can see a draw as both teams will be cautious, leaving us to beat burnley on sunday and secure 4th, either way we won't lose tonight COYS
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05/05/2010 12:04:00

is it because the 'alledged' brown paper bag at service stations that 'Arry has been accused of,never materialised, is that another reason the transfer of Bellamy never went to spuds. and 'Arry is a bit peeved about it!!!! the money not Bellers!!!! lol
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05/05/2010 12:19:00

nice to see citeh fans having digs at harry for last summer, the lovely gary cook anyone? hypocrites
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05/05/2010 12:34:00

You surely can't be so nieve to think that Harry would fabricate that story to such an extent? and maybe it is mind games but I already knew about the Bellemy/Palacious saga as it was Steve Bruce who let the cat out of the bag at City's dirty tactics, and here is one of them articles -
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05/05/2010 12:45:00

Yidinchina - if 'Arry is going to talk crap about City in the press, of course City fans will take issue with it. Spursman79 - YAWN.
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05/05/2010 12:47:00

Yidinchina - if 'Arry is going to talk crap about City in the press, of course City fans will take issue with it. Spursman79 - YAWN.
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05/05/2010 12:48:00

Thank god for Man City. That cock Bellamy signing for Spurs would be one of my worst nightmares. They did us a massive favour. Let me think, Palacios or Bell-end? One of the bravest, nicest guys in the game v a complete tosser who is to a dressing room spirit what an a-bomb is to Hiroshima. Sounds like we got a result.
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05/05/2010 12:58:00

bluedud, harry wasn't talking crap though was he? why make up such a story? it's obvious citeh use there money as power and who wouldn't? problem is you end up paying way over the top for players which in turn inflates the whole market, teves was way too expensive as was adebayor and lets not even go there with lescott, and now they trying to say micah richards is worth 15m? i don't think so somehow otherwise dawson must be in the 50m bracket.
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05/05/2010 13:09:00

Spursman - I see your dyslexia is getting the better of you again. Is it City's fault that clubs are standing firm over transfers and thus forcing them to pay well over the odds? We'll see the outcome if City take legal preceedings against 'Arry, who the ***** is he to talk about bullying anyway, isn't that what he did to Pompey? Who said Micah has been valued at 15mil?
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05/05/2010 13:25:00

bellemy wanted to some to us first but west ham blocked it, so i dont no what harrys going on about. No1 wanted him anyway, its only cos hes had a great season at city we all changed our tune, i love harry but theres no need to galvinise a team where playing agaisnt, good luck 2nite lads, may the best team win, to be fair we both deserve it, wish we both cud still catch the ars.e!
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05/05/2010 13:31:00

Bellers to seal the game for City tonight.. you bet.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/05/2010 13:36:00

legal proceedings????? don't talk daft, we never bullied pompey to sell so learn the facts before gobbing off, they needed money so we put offers in for players, they still owed us money for defoe and kaboul and crouch we paid more than a fair price, hardly bullying is it? we also sold them KPB and loaned out O'hara as for krancjar he only had 6 months on his contract so 2m is fair enough, we also continued to pay O'haras wages so tell me how on earth that is bullying? you might be able to blow us out of the water financially but says it all when we still sat in fourth with just 2 games left, does money buy success? only if spent wisely and correctly.
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05/05/2010 13:36:00

Hit a nerve there, did I ? LOL "wisely" is that how Spurs acted when sacking Jol? Commolli? Ramos? Wtf was that all about. Your lot should have been in CL at the Goons expense a couple of years back if your board had acted "wisely".
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05/05/2010 14:19:00

Bloody hell!! this should of been the Ricky Hatton thread! more ding dongs on here than on the butterfly/bee thread lol
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05/05/2010 14:25:00

City are on to their powerful legal team over Redknapp's statements:,19528,11679_6134856,00.html - Already bagged a few grovelling apologies from the likes of Murdoch's legion of hacks.
Johnny Baguette
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05/05/2010 16:21:00

Johnny Baguette
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05/05/2010 16:27:00

Calm down, if we had the money we would do the same thing. Let's hope for a great game, there again i couldn't careless about the quality of the game as long as we win. PS Does City have any history with Steve Bennett as ref? We are just glad its not Howard F*** Webb.
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05/05/2010 17:15:00

Sent of Ade at Stoke a couple of months back Chelm. Farcical straight red.
Johnny Baguette
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05/05/2010 18:32:00

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05/05/2010 23:09:00

If Harry was so upset by supposedly getting bullied by Manchester City then why didn't he make the allegations at the time? Interesting that he should gob off about it on the eve of an extremely important match between the two clubs eh? I look forward to old dodgy 'arry being carted off by the men in blue just as your season is getting under way next year...
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05/05/2010 23:34:00

Did anyone see Harry and Bellamy at the end of the game? Looks like his of guys.
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05/05/2010 23:51:00


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