Bellamy shows Strachan support

  • Last Updated: March 23 2013, 14:18 GMT

Wales striker Craig Bellamy shows his backing for former boss Gordon Strachan and hails the impact he's had on his career.

Craig Bellamy: Shows his support for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
Craig Bellamy: Shows his support for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

Bellamy had a six-month spell at Celtic eight years ago, and despite heaping frustration on his former manager in a 2-1 win over Scotland on Friday, the Cardiff forward believes Strachan can rebuild Scotland's reputation.

He said: "I have lived up here, I have played here. I know how harsh the environment is for football. And I know how harsh (the press) are.

"He's gonna have to have thick skin - which he does. He's managed an incredible football club like Celtic. (the press) will go for him but he will be prepared.

"For me, as a coach, he made probably one of the biggest impressions on my career, on how to play, how to move. I really learned how to play football under him.

"I owe Gordon Strachan a hell of a lot. I personally think he is the best Scottish manager out there who was available. I'm sure (Scotland) will do well with him."

Impressed with his side's performance, as they came back from a goal down at Hampden Park, Bellamy added: "I'm proud of the team today. This was like Wembley. You don't come to grounds like this and get it easy. This is Scotland. Alright, they don't have Kenny Dalgleish, they don't have Graeme Souness any more. But this is still a good Scotland team.

"I know Gordon Strachan, I was fortunate to play under him, and he is a top manager.

"But they came up against a good team. A team that got back to winning five in a row, that was the most improved in the world only a year and a half ago - we showed that today.

"Baley is immense but we have got such good footballers. We had Joe Allan missing, who fits into that mode as well.

"We have gone this way with our football for the last couple of years, we have been left a legacy by an incredible human being and against Scotland, we followed that through, which made me even more proud.

"We represent him (Speed) every time we play. His ideas, how we go about our football, that was his philosophy and we stuck to that at Hampden. It's one of the proudest I've ever been in a Wales shirt."


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