Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy stops as assistant manager to Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht to deal with depression
- Craig Bellamy stops as assistant manager of Anderlecht
- Bellamy has stepped down from the role after his depression flared up again
- The 42-year-old was the assistant to his former teammate Vincent Kompany
Craig Bellamy has given up his role as assistant manager at Anderlecht to deal with depression.
The former Wales, Liverpool and Manchester City striker revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with the condition, which he said had also affected him during his playing days.
He has been an assistant to his former City team-mate Vincent Kompany at the Belgian club for the past two years, who last night posted a statement on their website revealing that Bellamy’s depression was on the rise again.
Craig Bellamy quits his role as Anderlecht’s assistant manager to deal with depression
Anderlecht said he had made ‘a very difficult but very necessary decision regarding his health. Bellamy said goodbye to the players in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon after the 7-2 victory over KV Mechelen.’
Sporting director Peter Verbeke added: ‘The enormous energy Craig has given us all is priceless.
“It makes sense that we should give him all the time and rest he needs. The whole club is right behind him in this difficult period.’
Bellamy was assistant boss to former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany
Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke said: ‘the whole club is firmly behind him’