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Beckham lets the side down

Published on October 5th 2004.

Manchester Confidential today lifts the lid on the callous behaviour of major celebrities in the modern era and proves that success really has gone to David Beckham's head.

Coming home to Manchester, to captain England against Wales on Saturday, not to see his mates no doubt, Becks made a fleeting visit to Waterstones on Deansgate to sign copies of his new book: 'My Side'.
Don't get us wrong, all celebrities, and some non-entities, perform similar functions to meet and greet the fans that have, one way or another, funded the success and comfortable lifestyle they have become accustomed to. We recently went down to Waterstones to meet Gazza (click here for more...), a true legend of the game who was delighted to meet and greet his fans. The fact that his career has almost come to an end has not registered a blip on the affection shown by the hundreds of fans who turned up in St Ann's Square to meet him. One wonders if people will have the same fondness for Beckham in ten years time if he continues to act like he and his entourage did today.
For Beckham took the liberty of showing up for approximately half an hour (Gazza was there all afternoon), with access to a queue of around just 70 people being stopped by burly types a good half an hour before the golden boy turned up. Fans who had struggled to get the time off work were disappointed, and so were the numerous kids who were left in Man United and England shirts who'd obviously taken time out of school to meet their hero - many went back to school in tears because they weren’t even allowed to queue up.

Not only that, but people were ushered past 'Golden Balls' like cattle, with about two seconds to meet Beckham. That gave people the chance to have such scintillating conversation as 'Hi' and 'Nice to meet you' before being whisked past, if you were lucky, you got a photo. We're not so sure Beckham was as interested in seeing the paying punters - you know, the people paying for his book, as he was in listening out for the tills ringing, helping to fund a few more diamond earrings.
To be fair to him, he is a busy boy and the decision to turn up for such a paltry length of time while his fans stood outside in the rain would have been taken by his management, but we urge Becks to take a good look at himself, there’s not too many people who deal with stardom successfully by letting their management make every decision – look at the current profiles of the likes of Mike Tyson and Michael Jackson for two examples of stars who have let their management take over their lives.
Within the hour, he'd gone, back to his hotel to put his feet up no doubt and checking if his share price has gone back up on Celebdaq – no doubt his Waterstones flyby will still get his picture in the papers, but we won’t be showing him in a good light on here.
It was all a great shame because these events are usually notoriously well organized by Waterstones, the likes of Ainsley Harriott and Gazza have been more than accommodating, and with Jamie Oliver, Dom Joly, Terry Pratchett, Nigella Lawson and Peter Shilton, all of whom, we hope will be more grateful of people turning up than today’s effort.
We urge all readers not to buy Beckham’s new book, it is extortionately priced anyway and maybe if he loses a few quid he’ll come back down to earth a little bit…..Beckham, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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