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Hughes backs his 'bad boy' FOOTBALL.

BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes insists he is not worried by Craig Bellamy's bad-boy reputation.

Bellamy became Hughes' most expensive signing as a manager yesterday when he completed a pounds 5million move from Newcastle.

The 25-year-old forward arrived at Ewood Park on a four-year contract carrying plenty of baggage, the heaviest of which saw him bombed out of St James' Park for branding manager Graeme Souness a liar in a live TV interview.

While Bellamy continues to insist he was the victim in that battle, there are plenty of sceptics who claim the Welsh striker is trouble and Hughes is only storing up problems for himself by reuniting him with fellow firebrand Robbie Savage.

But Hughes, a former international teammate and manager of Bellamy, is only interested in his on-field skills and said his background did not even enter his mind when he swooped to snatch him from Everton's grasp.

"I am not bothered about Craig's reputation," claimed Hughes.

"It is not about what has gone on before, it is what happens in the future.

"I am not privy to those past details anyway. All I know is that Craig is a fantastic player. He strives to be the best he can be and he has a platform at Blackburn now to show what he is all about."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 8, 2005
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