Bellamy vs Robinho?

February 25, 2009 by
Filed under: Craig Bellamy, Robinho 


Reuters Photo/A rift in the City Dressing Room?

Rumors have been abound for sometime that Mark Hughes distinctly British and disciplinarian managerial style does not sit well with City’s Brazilian contingent. Similarly rumors have begun to circulate in the past week that Craig Bellamy who trouble seems to follow has created a rift in City’s changing room with Robinho, the British record transfer signing.

During the January transfer window Jo was loaned to Everton (and will be sold this summer) and Elano was shopped around. Some transfer rumors claimed Robinho could be on his way out as well heading to Chelsea to join his former National Team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The sacking of Scolari likely means if Robinho is going to leave City this summer he’ll head back to Spain or to Italy.So long as Hughes remains in control it’s tough to see Robinho working out at the club. Part of the reason is the January transfer of Craig Bellamy, long a Hughes favorite and a controversial talisman himself. Bellamy seems to always save his best for when he is being managed by Hughes: be it with Wales, Blackburn or now City.

Bellamy has long been the poster child for bad behavior among British Footballers. The Welsh International, captains his national side but is better known for his antics on and off the pitch.  While featuring for Newcastle,  during the 2003-2004 UEFA Champions League he kicked Inter’s Marco Materazzi (Although given the Italians antics perhaps he deserved it) and later that season threw a chair in training at John Carver then Bobby Robson’s #2 at Newcastle. I actually attempted to speak to Carver who now manages in MLS about this incident and got a cold stare and no answer, probably meaning it is still a sore subject for him.

Bellamy’s bad behavior continued after he left Newcastle: He allegedly sent nasty emails taunting Toon and England legend Alan Shearer after Bellamy had been loaned to Celtic. After being transferred to Liverpool he attacked John Arne Riise at a training session an incident which was ironically knocked out of the tabloid headlines by Joey Barton’s incident with a Liverpool cab driver a week later.

Robinho has his own personal off the pitch incidents to contend with. He has been accused of sexual assault in a Leeds Nightclub and when it seemed he may just be reunited with Scolari during the January window, he left the club and flew back to Brazil.

For the record Bellamy is backing Robinho and claims no rift has occurred in the City dressing room. But given Bellamy’s history, Hughes relationship with him and the discontent of City’s Brazilian contingent, can we really believe him?


4 Comments on Bellamy vs Robinho?

  1. Evan on Wed, 25th Feb 2009 1:23 pm
  2. What a load of rubbish…….Robinho has settled in brilliantly,scoring 11 league goals and could end up with 20 league goals in his first season….the only such success has been Torres and Von Nistelroy in their first season……Robinho has helped us move from the lowest scorers at home to the best…….Bellamy,Bojinov,Sturridge,Benjani and Caicedo will just have to do until a top striker arrives….and then Hughes can put three strikers on the bench EVERY week……we also need to understand that Jo scored once in 14 games….how many more chances does he deserve?No wonder he is unhappy….but I can’t recall any mention of selling him…..he will fit in or go once Everton have finished with him….I think he will come good once he is fitter and stronger….as for Elano he is a much improved player because he is fitter…..he just does not see this…..I cannot remember seeing us play as well as we did for 25 minutes of the second half at Anfield and when last did we score six goals against Portsmouth……?Our problems have been that Micah and Richard Dunne have had poor seasons thus far…….nothing else…..

  3. kartik on Wed, 25th Feb 2009 9:14 pm
  4. I 100% agree about the Richards/Dunne issues. That has been the over riding reason for our failures thus far.

  5. Soccer Guru on Thu, 26th Feb 2009 8:48 pm
  6. Richards head hasn’t been right all season long. Once again today he’s mentally somewhere else.

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