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For Whom The Bell Tolls

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Stories abound today of Craig Bellamy not only being instructed to train with the second string at Manchester City but to now stay away from the Club for being a disruptive influence.

Rumours suggest that he is back home in Cardiff with his family and will train with the Bluebirds today.

We all know that Craig at best is a complex character and judging by the number of Clubs he's played for, he cannot be easy to manage. But somewhere in amongst this is a professional footballer, who always gives his best to his employers and clearly other Managers in the past have selected the same route that Roberto Mancini is heading now right now. And I wonder how many have seen the season he's just had with City and thought 'I wish we still had Craig'.

I looked at the match on Saturday and thought exactly that because he is a player who alters the mind set of an opposing Manager - you just cannot ignore it when Craig is on the field. If the Wright-Phillips chance had fallen to Bellamy, maybe there would have been a different outcome to the match.

In all successful teams there is someone who steps outside of the cosy circle. There have been enough of them in Stretford over the years and just as quickly as Ferguson jettisoned them a new one emerged. Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have had players who have spoken out of turn, just as have lesser performers such as Wigan (Charles N'Zogbia) have now. I still subscribe to the view that Craig Bellamy was airing his personal concerns about his future but that maybe his mouth engaged before his brain. He has been accused of that in the past.

We have to respect the fact that decisions taken by Mancini are the correct ones at least for him, but in recent times we have had Robinho wanting to go and play for Santos, Toure Yaya saying he didn't really want to leave Barcelona and that he would return one day, Adebayor giving out a mixed message of wanting to play for City but stating that Juventus would be a good place to go to and Balotelli telling us he really wanted to carry on playing in Serie A.

Bellamy has never said he wanted to play for any of his suitors, perhaps other than Cardiff City. He just wants to play for City. In amidst all of the big-spending, perhaps there's something to be learned there.

Bellers In A Bad Mood

A slight tongue-in-check vid and well worth a look.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Monday August 16 2010
Time: 9:26AM


Bellers is definately in 'self destruct' mode. Shame it has come to this.
16/08/2010 09:49:00
Yep it is the end for Bellers - he gave us some great moments but instead of acting like an ambassador he prefers to act like an opinionated rebel who is never wrong and will never back down. That might make him better on the football pitch but not in the dressing room, where team ethics have to prevail. We seem to have some good team players like Kompany, Barry, Toure, Zabaletta , Santa Cruz, Viera, Lescott, Johnson etc and these are the ones that need supporting not Bellers. In addition he is 31 and has dodgy knees ... not the futurebut regrettably the past for City.
16/08/2010 10:08:00
This man has left every single club he's ever been at sharpish, and usually under a cloud. Thought he'd finally found a home, but sadly not to be. Pity he just can't help being Craig Bellamy.
16/08/2010 10:12:00
He effectively made Mancini's decision for him with his little outburst in the press last week. He knew his little rant would get him the move he's wanted since Hughes left. Thanks for the memories Craig and good luck for the future.
16/08/2010 10:22:00
It could only end way with bellamy. Has he ever left a club on good terms? He was moody little brute in all honesty. He will be missed as a player but not as a man. But i agree with wswilly3, we need to support the other lads now (apart form cruz). And more importantly mancini needs the fans support. Its us against the anti-city media now.
Super City Slicker
16/08/2010 10:26:00
City have to be very careful that Bellemy isnt trying to get to Spurs via the back door. He engineers a cheap move to Cardiff who then sell him on to Spurs at a profit, and everyone is laughing at us!
16/08/2010 10:50:00
As Willy would say, well it looks like Bellamy wants to leave to greener pastures (Cardiff City)
16/08/2010 11:31:00
Rob - do you have a man crush on Willy? You seem obsessed.
16/08/2010 11:42:00
He will not end up at Spuds through the back door, side door or any other door. Cardiff or Celtic, or a low prem team would be best for all. Sad to see him go, but its all been said I guess, and has kept us in the news for all the wrong reasons.
16/08/2010 11:45:00
Only way to Cardiff for him would be on loan as they can't afford his wages, so he would get no escape route to Spurs from there.
16/08/2010 12:04:00
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