Sun 12 September 2021 | 20:20

Craig Bellamy leaves Anderlecht over mental health problems

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will leave his role as an assistant coach at Anderlecht to deal with depression.

The 42-year-old, who has been working as one of manager

Vincent Kompany

’s backroom staff, has spoken about his issues with mental health in the past.

Former Wales international, who also played for other clubs including




, and

West Ham

in a lengthy career, initially joined


as Under-21 coach in 2019, but he will step down on Monday.

A statement on Anderlecht's website on Sunday read:

"Assistant coach Craig Bellamy will leave the coaching staff of RSC Anderlecht on Monday. 

"Bellamy already struggled with mental problems in the past and these have resurfaced again recently. 

"With his departure, the Brit took a very difficult, but absolutely necessary decision concerning his health. 

"Bellamy said goodbye to the players in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon after the 7-2 victory against KV Mechelen."

He started coaching at Cardiff at the academy level before departing in January 2019 and taking up the same position with Anderlecht.

Kompany added:

"Craig has long struggled with his mental health. Now the monster is back there. 

"Health is above football. We are obligated to give him the chance to get well."

source: SportMob

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