Craig Bellamy: Ex-Liverpool striker leaves Anderlecht over depression

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy played 78 times for Wales, represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games and played close to 300 Premier League games, scoring 81 goals

Former Wales and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has left his role as Anderlecht assistant manager to deal with depression.

In a statement Anderlecht said Bellamy’s mental health problems “have resurfaced again recently”.

They added he “took a very difficult, but absolutely necessary decision concerning his health” to leave.

Anderlecht added: “Bellamy said goodbye to the players in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon after the 7-2 victory against KV Mechelen.”

He joined Anderlecht as the club’s under-21 coach in 2019 and moved to being an assistant to former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany earlier this year.

Anderlecht added: “His experience as a striker in the Premier League and his drive took our young squad to a higher level.

“Both coach Vincent Kompany and director of sports Peter Verbeke want to thank Bellamy explicitly for his efforts and show great understanding for Bellamy’s brave decision.”

Verbeke said: “The enormous energy Craig has given us all is priceless. It is therefore logical that we must give him all the time and rest he needs. The whole club stands firmly behind him in this difficult period.”

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