Craig Bellamy has been tipped to have a successful spell in football management by one of his former coaches.
Bellamy yesterday announced his retirement as a player after admitting that his body “couldn’t take it any more”, and Mark Bowen – who worked with the 34-year-old during spells with Wales, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City – says the former Cardiff City forward has all the attributes needed to do well in coaching.
“He wants to go into coaching and management and I’m sure he’ll make a success of that,” Bowen was quoted by the BBC as saying.
“He’ll go over and above what other people would do. He would want to tick all the boxes to give himself the best chance he can.
“I think he told us he’s in the process of doing his pro-licence. He wants to do that first so that gives him the ammunition, if you like, to pursue the next part of his career.”
The ex-Wales left-back was an experienced member of the Norwich City team when Bellamy started his career as a Carrow Road apprentice, and was convinced the youngster he saw would forge a formidable career in the game.
“It wasn’t just about coming in and playing football. He went home and studied the game and he wanted to train to the best of his ability,” Bowen added.
“He wanted to do things on the training ground that he thought could make him better and try to improve himself and try to learn about the game.
“He loved the game so much. He’s always had that edge to him.”