Andy Gray: Balotelli safe at Man City despite Marwood criticism
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray was talking exclusively to tribalfootball.com
MARIO Balotelli has once again hogged headlines in the papers this week, but if I was a Manchester City fan I wouldn't be worried as it doesn't come from anyone within the squad.
Yes as football administrator Brian Marwood does hold some power at Man City, and if he calls Balotelli a bad role model or whatever it was he said then it is something to listen to.
But the one thing that always strikes me about the striker's criticisms is that you never hear them from anyone in and around the playing squad, and that is the most important thing.
Balotelli is never far away from the back pages, and sometimes front, of the newspapers, and he scored a goal and generally played very well as Italy downed Denmark 3-1 midweek, so we should be talking about that.
However Balotelli is one person who makes headlines for all sorts of reasons and instead we are once again talking about his off the field life.
But as long as his relationship with his team-mates is not suffering, as long as he's not upsetting them and the affecting the balance in the changing room then I don't think there is a problem with him.
If he starts to divide the dressing room and cause a problem then I think Roberto Mancini would have to get rid of him - but that seems a long way off.
And until that point he's a great player with a great future at City - as long as Mancini can control him and keep him playing well then there's no issue. He's proving for Italy he is a lethal striker so it's up to Mancini to get the best out of him at City.
From what I've seen when he plays, people seem to enjoy playing alongside and players like him. But he doesn't endear himself to everybody.
What he looks like outside of the club doesn't matter though, as long as everyone in a City shirt is OK with Balotelli, in the same way they were OK with Carlos Tevez, then there's no point in anyone wishing him away because he's not going to go anywhere.
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