Bellamy: I blew my City chance

Craig Bellamy has expressed regret over his departure from Manchester City two years ago.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 08:20 Post Comment

Craig Bellamy: Has regrets over City spell

Craig Bellamy: Has regrets over City spell

Craig Bellamy has expressed regret over his departure from Manchester City two years ago, admitting he "messed up" his time with the Barclays Premier League champions.

The Welshman was signed for City by compatriot Mark Hughes for a reported £14million in 2009 but fell out of favour after Roberto Mancini's arrival and left in 2011 after 51 appearances for the club.

"I don't understand why he managed me the way he did," Bellamy said of Mancini in an interview with the Daily Mail.

"I worked with people like Bobby Robson at Newcastle who taught me how to be a footballer and a man. He did that even though I was a selfish kid back then, a kid who let a great man down with some things I did.

"He wanted us to come in and cherish what we were doing.

"Mancini was different but there was stuff I could have done differently, too.

"I could have been more open but when Sparky (Hughes) went, I shut down. I just wanted stuff to stay the same for me but I got a change of manager and routine.

"I just clammed up, didn't want to know. Typical.

"Mancini didn't have to persevere with me because he could just go and get someone else and that's what happened.

"But I regret that. I could have made that work. That's one I messed up."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

FA chairman Greg Dyke says Sepp Blatter "has to go".

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke insists that "Sepp Blatter has to go as FIFA president".

Jack Warner has been arrested and bailed in Trinidad

Jack Warner has been arrested and will be released on bail in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the FIFA investigation.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter welcomes US investigations

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has issued a statement welcoming investigations by US and Swiss authorities

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company