Craig Bellamy has quit his role as assistant manager at Anderlecht to deal with depression.
The former Wales, Liverpool and Manchester City striker revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with the condition, which he said had affected him during his playing days, too.
He had been assistant to his former City team-mate Vincent Kompany for the last two years at the Belgian club, who posted a statement on their website last night revealing that Bellamy’s depression had resurfaced.
Craig Bellamy has quit his role as Anderlecht assistant manager to deal with depression
Anderlecht said he had taken ‘a very difficult, but very necessary decision concerning his health. Bellamy said goodbye to the players in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon after the 7-2 victory against KV Mechelen.’
Sporting director Peter Verbeke added: ‘The enormous energy Craig has given us all is priceless.
‘It is therefore logical that we must give him all the time and rest he needs. The whole club stands firmly behind him in this difficult period.’
Bellamy had served as assistant boss to former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany
Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke said ‘the whole club stands firmly behind him’