Ashley Rules Benefit One Person - Himself!
Alan Pardew was told during the transfer window to forget any player 30 years of age or over ... because they won't have a "sell on value". So it's all about money ... not performances on the pitch. Age didn't stop two top clubs from taking ex-Toon players Craig Bellamy (32) and Scott Parker (30), and I'm sure both Liverpool and Spurs were happy with what they got. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will focus only on the positives when it comes to new striker Bellamy, who has a bit of a troubled past. However, Sir Bobby Robson always defended his striker: "Craig was never a problem. He had a couple of rants, but he always produced the goods for me on the pitch. What more could I ask?" The 32-year-old became the oldest player signed by the Reds boss since his return to the club in January when he joined, also for a second spell, on transfer deadline day. Age not withstanding, there are a number of issues which surround the Wales international, who is in the twilight of what has been a chequered career. He became a virtual outcast at Manchester City after falling out with manager Roberto Mancini, spending last season on loan at Cardiff before negotiating a deal to have the final year of his contract paid off in order to rejoin the Reds. It was not the first time the forward, who gained a reputation for being something of a 'hot head', has clashed with authority. He fell out with Graeme Souness at Newcastle, got into numerous scrapes on and off the field and in his first spell at Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy, and clashed with team-mate John Arne Riise in an incident involving a golf club. Bellamy's departure after just 12 months came following disagreements with then boss Rafael Benitez but Dalglish sees only good things in the player, who accepted a pay cut to return. Kenny Dalglish: "He's really enthusiastic at being back and made a lot of sacrifices to come back, financially and otherwise, because of what the club means to him. "We're delighted to have people with that attitude here. "I don't know why I've never signed him before in my managerial career. "Maybe I wasn't working when he was available. He's always been somebody that has impressed me. "He's got pace, quality, he loves this club - which is very important - and he'll be a fantastic asset for us. "I don't think his temperament will be a problem - he's given up golf! "You wouldn't want to take away the personality from any players. "It is amazing how people focus on the bad side of someone, they never focus on the good side because that doesn't make a good story. "They won't talk about the fantastic goals or saves people do. "Fortunately he has come to a club that doesn't want to do that, we just want to concentrate on the good bits." Scott Parker has insisted he did not hesitate to join Tottenham from West Ham despite attracting interest from elsewhere. It was Spurs who won the race for Parker's signature and he is now in line to make his debut in Saturday's game away to Wolves. The 30-year-old admits the presence of Harry Redknapp in the White Hart Lane dugout made his decision easy, with the manager having made no secret of his admiration for the player. Scott Parker: "It was obviously a little bit difficult because I have left a very good club and one which I thoroughly enjoyed my time at, but when a club like Tottenham want to sign you it is pretty easy really and I am really looking forward to it. "I think it always helps when you feel the manager wants you, and over the last few years Harry has stated that he likes me as a player."
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