Craig Bellamy Biography
Craig is a current assistant manager at EFL Championship side Burnley. Bellamy began his senior playing career with Norwich City, where he made his professional debut in 1996. He signed for Premier League side Coventry City in 2000, breaking the club’s record transfer fee. Bellamy has been involved in numerous high-profile incidents during his career with teammates, managers and members of the public. The Craig Bellamy Foundation, in Sierra Leone to provide schooling and football coaching to disadvantaged children.
Craig Bellamy Age
Full name :Craig Douglas Bellamy
Date of birth :13 July 1979
Place of birth :Cardiff, Wales
Craig Bellamy Height
He stand at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches.
Craig Bellamy Family
He is the second of three boys born to Douglas and Angela Bellamy. At the time of his birth, the family lived on Swindon Street near the Splott district of the city, a traditionally working-class environment. Bellamy’s mother worked as a cleaner and his father worked at the nearby Allied Steel and Wire site that overlooked the family home, where he remained until the plant’s closure in 2002. With both his parents working full-time, Bellamy spent most of his school holidays at his paternal grandmother’s home in Adamsdown. He suffers from asthma; as a child he made frequent visits to hospital to manage the condition. At the age of five, Bellamy and his family moved to the eastern suburb Trowbridge, which is part of a council estate built in the 1960s.
Craig Bellamy Spouse
He proposed to Jansen on 13 July 2005 at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, and they married in June 2006 at St Bride’s Church in St. Brides-super-Ely, a village near Cardiff. With Bellamy moving clubs on a regular basis, the family bought a permanent home in Peterston-super-Ely; Bellamy lived near his club and travelled home when possible. The couple divorced in December 2012; his wife cited “unreasonable behaviour”. In his autobiography, Bellamy stated the couple split after “she decided she’d had enough. Enough of the moving and the following me round. Enough of the absentee husband. Enough of the selfishness and the black moods and the times when I wouldn’t talk to her because I was worried about a knee injury.
Craig Bellamy Career
He was signed by the Canberra Raiders during their inaugural season in 1982. He spent the majority of his career in the centres but was also used as a utility player, making appearances as a fullback, winger, five-eighth, and lock. Bellamy travelled to England with the Raiders for the 1989 World Club Challenge after the Raiders won the 1989 NSWRL season’s Grand Final, but did not play in the Raiders’ loss to Widnes at Old Trafford.
Craig spent 1991 with Turvey Park in Wagga Wagga as captain or coach in the Group 9 Competition, and also played for Swinton in England, before returning to Canberra for one final year in 1992. Bellamy won the President’s Cup with the Canberra Raiders in 1995. In 1998, he joined the Brisbane Broncos as performance coordinator and assistant coach to Wayne Bennett. They won the 1998 NRL Grand Final that year.
He gained NRL experience as a head coach in 2002, while Broncos head coach Wayne Bennett was on State of Origin duty with the Queensland Maroons. Due to the regular side’s representative commitments, the ‘Baby Broncos’ upset the Wests Tigers. The Tigers were a strong candidate to hire Bellamy as coach for the 2003 season, but he eventually joined Melbourne following Mark Murray’s dismissal.
He was relieved of his duties as Blues coach following the 2010 State of Origin series, which ended in a 3-0 whitewash, the first in Origin and the first for the Blues since 2000. Later on, Ricky Stuart was named his successor. The Storm had not missed the playoffs in any of Bellamy’s seven seasons as coach, with the exception of 2010, when they were not allowed to earn any points due to their 2009 salary cap violation.
However, had they been allowed to accumulate points, they would have returned to the top 8. He led them to the minor premiership in 2011, narrowly missing out on a spot in the grand final due to a loss to the New Zealand Warriors in the preliminary final. He went one better in 2012, defeating Canterbury 14-4 in the NRL grand final. That year, he was also named coach of the year by the Rugby League International Federation for the second time.Despite speculation that he would join the Warriors or St George-Illawarra as coach, he extended his contract with Melbourne Storm to three years in early 2013.
He coached the team to victory over Leeds in the 2013 World Club Challenge, claiming the title of world champions in the process. Late in the 2013 NRL season, during an interview with Paul Vautin for Channel 9’s “The Footy show,” Bellamy revealed that he was a self-taught electrician, though he downplayed his abilities by stating that he was “not a very good one.”Additionally, in 2013, Bellamy published his book, Home Truths: On Life, Leadership, Adversity, Success, and Failure.
He reached a milestone and set a new club record on 16 May 2014, when he coached the Melbourne Storm for 300 games.Bellamy extended his tenure as Melbourne Storm coach until the end of 2018 on 4 March 2016.Craig Bellamy led the Melbourne Storm to a second NRL Premiership title in 2020, defeating the Penrith Panthers 26-20. This was despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced his players to spend five months away from home.
In June 2019, Bellamy signed a three-year contract to become the under-21 team coach for Belgian side Anderlecht following the appointment of his former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany as manager. He later worked as an assistant to Kompany before stepping down from the role in September 2021 citing mental health issues. In July 2022, he rejoined Vincent Kompany and was named a first team coach at Burnley.
The Craig Bellamy Foundation also operated a nationwide youth league that was founded in conjunction with UNICEF. Operating in the Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni regions, The Craig Bellamy Foundation League provided a national youth football framework for children; as well as on-pitch performance, points were awarded for school attendance, fair play and contributions to community projects. The league also funded the school fees of participating children and employed 175 Sierra Leonian team coaches, regional managers and league coordinators. In 2009, 1,600 boys aged between 11 and 14 played or trained in the league on a daily basis.
Craig Bellamy Salary
Craig salary stand at USD 4 million per year.
Craig Bellamy Networth
His networth is estimated to be USD 25 million.
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