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Craig Bellamy Launches Attack On Alan Shearer To Sell A Few Books

9 years ago

Craig Bellamy has written a book. Well obviously he hasn’t but he has spoken to somebody who has written the words down for him.

The book ‘Craig Bellamy:Good Fella’, is out next month but as usually happens, extracts from the book are released in advance to get the interest of punters.

This time the extracts are appearing in the Mirror and of course they want something juicy to get the headlines, or at least make the likes of us have a look.

One extract released is the following, on this occasion Craig Bellamy is trying to use the Alan Shearer name to push his book and this is the relevant extract from ‘The Book Wot Bellamy Wrote’;

‘I felt bad for Newcastle when they lost their 2005 FA Cup semi to Manchester United. They’d loaned me out to Celtic by then but I still had a lot of affection for them.

They lost 4-1 and were never in it. Afterwards, Alan Shearer did a television interview.

He mentioned shortcomings in defence, which made me laugh.

Alan needed to look at himself a bit more, he wasn’t the player he had been and now he was trying to pass the buck.

It was sad because I had so much admiration for Alan as a player and I learned so much from him, but time had caught up with him.

I had seen the sem-final, I had seen how poorly he performed personally.

I thought it was wrong for him to do an interview afterwards in those circumstances, so I got my phone out and texted him.

“F****** typical of you, looking at everyone else yet again. You need to look at yourself instead. Your legs are f****** shot. Concentrate on yourself and let the team take care of itself.”

I got one back from him straight away.

“If I ever see you in Newcastle again, I’ll knock you out”.

“I’m back in Newcastle next week,” I texted back, “Pop round and say hello.”

I certainly wasn’t scared of him.

I’ve seen his bite, his ‘Big hard Al’ act wasn’t for me.

I have seen younger boys than me put him in his place on the team coach.

I watched him digging out Lomana LuaLua once and when LuaLua told him to go to the back of the coach and say it to his face, Al didn’t fancy that much.

He didn’t move an inch.

Who said and meant whatever is only truly known by those involved and for the likes of me and you it comes down to what you believe, or maybe what you want to believe.

On the one hand you have a legend who gave his all when on the pitch and had a superb career where he ended up the greatest goalscorer in the Premier League era, never a minute’s trouble and inspiring those around him. Plus of course Alan donated the £1m he got from his testimonial to charities and continues to this day supporting both the excellent Alan Shearer Centre and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, amongst otheres.

On the other hand you have a player with so much talent and pace but who ended up playing in front of a few thousand people in the second rate Scottish league and ending up at Blackburn after having hit the heights of top 3 and Champions League with Newcastle. While at Newcastle, Bellamy was often class on the pitch but made far too many ridiculous headlines off it.

What the extract from Bellamy’s book tells me, is that it possibly reveals why Newcastle didn’t go that extra step and win trophies when both Shearer and Bellamy were at St.James’ Park.

Look just beneath the surface and it paints a picture (to me) of the likes of Shearer (and Given, Speed, Sir Bobby etc.) trying to get players such as Bellamy, LuaLua, Dyer, Jenas, Bramble and the rest of that lot to be professional and realise their potential.

None of those players again reached the heights they’d reached at Newcastle.

Writing a shoddy book won’t paper over that truth either.

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