When it comes to the pantheon of all-time moaning uppity gits, surely Craig Bellamy is at the top of the list. If he isn’t moaning about the carousel of injuries that have plagued him (karma anyone?), he’s claiming that there is an anti-Welsh bias amongst Premier League gafferdom.
The Daily Mail reports that Bellers (to his mates) reckons that a lot of his club managers look down their nose at his Welsh international career whilst his English counterparts are given back slapping encouragement when they trot off to international games. Bellamy said:
‘I have moved heaven and earth to play for Wales in the past,’ he said. ‘I’ve even booked flights myself to make it happen because I’m proud to be Welsh and the international games mean a lot to me.
‘The biggest problem I’ve had in the past was with my clubs. I’ve picked up injuries in my career and it is a little different playing for Wales.
‘With England I’ve seen boys get told: “Off you go and do the club proud” but with Wales it’s like: “Do you really need to go? We could really do with you staying here to continue your rehab”.’ (Daily Mail)
Whilst Bellers was pretty stinging in his criticism of past managers, he conveniently excludes West Ham from any blame, until the Welsh striker moves to another club that is….