Monday, January 24, 2005

Out on his own

Once again, our feisty little Welshman has been shooting his mouth off, much to the annoyance of the management. However, this might just prove to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, with Souness far less likely to accept this kind of shit than his predecessor.

Now, I can understand that Bellamy wants to play up front, as that is probably his most effective position, and in fairness he has been scoring goals with increasing frequency this season when played up front.

However, when a player feigns injury and whinges about how the manager isn't doing what the player wants him to do then he crosses the line. Be honest, how many of us could get away with telling our bosses how to do their jobs and not be the recipients of P45s? Footballers consistently get away with murder because the public humour them, smile when they get in to trouble and dismiss it with their next moment of on-pitch genius.

The problem is that the joke is starting to wear thin. Getting in to a spot of bother on the quayside is one thing (and I'm not condoning that either) but refusing to play and faking an injury is a whole different ball game. If Bellamy was giving his all on the pitch, I doubt many of us would give a toss what he does in private. However, failure to perform, and if rumours are to be believed, bad mouthing the club, is unforgivable.

I said at the start of the transfer window that Bellamy was one of the few players we couldn't afford to lose. However, a whinging player who refuses to play is just the sort of person we can do without, and if that means selling Bellamy or anyone else for that matter, then so be it.

I'd rather we ditched those players who don't want to do what they are told than had them dictate the way the club is run. It's time for Craig, and others like him to make a decision: either shut up and play to the best of your ability, or fuck off.


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