If there is a footballer who has divided opinion amongst fans over the last few years it has to be Craig Bellamy. For me, I am on the side that likes the Welshman.
His spiky never-say-die attitude was always something I enjoyed watching and the way he represented Team GB at the Olympic Games with such pride in 2012 just elevated my opinion of him.
When you then read about the charity work he does and the fact he decided to drop down a division to play for his beloved Cardiff City you have to have a degree of respect for the fella.
That is why my pre-ordered copy of Craig Bellamy: GoodFella will arrive in the post on Monday morning.
And I look forward to reading about his time at Newcastle United, how his career got started and the infamous golf-club incident with John Arne Riise in his own words.
But if I just cannot wait then I shouldn’t worry, because red-top daily The Mirror are serialising several passages from the new book over the coming days.
And according to one such passage I was very close to seeing the Welsh international playing for my beloved Everton eight years ago.
Back in 2005 Craig Bellamy was hot property as his time at Newcastle somersaulted into turmoil and he was desperate for a move.
And he came very close to signing for Everton, despite being a life-long Liverpool supporter.
After an initial meeting he claims everything was set-up for the move after a positive first meeting with manager David Moyes.
But on the second meeting things did not go as smoothly.
He claims there were ‘bizarre’ rules being laid out for him and that Moyes seemed ‘tense and hostile’ throughout the meeting.
The new Manchester United manager was reportedly not as persuasive on the second occasion and Bellamy wonders if Moyes was told he would ‘be trouble and he panicked a bit’.
In the end Bellamy went on to play for Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and of course Manchester United’s greatest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
But he did reserve praise for Moyes as well. He bears no grudge over the incident and claims Moyes tried to sign him again later in his career.
But it does give us an interesting insight into the man tasked with replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
If you want to read the full exert as serialised by Oliver Holt then click here…
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