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.”