GB: We must handle hitting headlines

Not for the first time this season, the Blues found themselves

plastered all over the back pages last week following an alleged

bust-up between manager Roberto Mancini and forward Craig Bellamy.

Mancini played down the row reports and Bellamy was introduced as a

substitute during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Eastlands.

But rather than calling on the media to lay off his team-mates,

Barry accepts the increased scrutiny that comes with being a big

club with even bigger ambitions. “As a club we are in transition,”

said the England star. “We have spent a lot of money and we are

looking to reach the top. “But these things come with it. It was

not even a row but it made the headlines. “We come into training,

looking to work hard. We see a headline and wonder why it is there.

But all the top clubs have had it over the years.” Barry certainly

does not feel there are any lingering problems over an apparent

difference of opinion about how Bellamy’s long-standing knee injury

should be treated. “They are both strong and opinionated and they

are both winners,” said Barry. “That is good for the club. “We are

working hard on the training pitch and all the players are right

behind the manager.”