Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blustering Bellamy's in His Own Little World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blustering Bellamy's in His Own Little World

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Byline: By Simon Rushworth

Craig Bellamy can forget all about a first team comeback at Newcastle United despite yesterday's declaration that he is preparing for a controversial pre-season return.

Magpies officials are desperately seeking a buyer for the outspoken Welshman before July 4 ( in order to offset a potentially ugly showdown with Graeme Souness on the first day of training.

But if Bellamy is still on the St James's Park payroll next month then there is no chance of a reconciliation with the coach he branded a liar. And he will be immediately cast into the reserve team wilderness until a transfer can be agreed.

Sources close to Souness last night expressed their utter disbelief that Bellamy believes the door is still ajar on an unlikely return to Tyneside. And The Journal understands the former Liverpool boss was incandescent with rage at the very suggestion a striker packed off to Celtic in disgrace last season is hoping for a Newcastle reprieve.

Souness has made his stance on Bellamy perfectly clear and will not re-enter the public debate on a player who burned his bridges with United several months ago. Privately he has reiterated to colleagues that he cannot countenance the reintegration of an individual who lied to him and who has alienated a number of prominent players.

Bellamy's misplaced optimism would appear to know no bounds but yesterday's attempt at easing his way back into the Magpies' picture holds no truck with Newcastle's management staff. Souness and his team have been planning for life without the Wales international since January and no amount of manoeuvring on the forward's part will change that.

"The Newcastle first team squad are back a week on Monday and I will be there with them," declared a player who still harbours hopes of a move to Liverpool or a club of equal stature abroad. "At this moment I am not interested in moving anywhere else.

"All I can do is act in a professional manner and see what happens after that. …

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