Former Toon striker Craig Bellamy shows his backing for former boss Gordon Strachan and hails the impact he's had on his career. Bellamy had a six-month spell at Celtic eight years ago, and despite heaping frustration on his former manager in a 2-1 win over Scotland on Friday, the Cardiff forward believes Strachan can rebuild Scotland's reputation.
Craig Bellamy: "I have lived up here, I have played here. I know how harsh the environment is for football. And I know how harsh (the press) are.
"He's gonna have to have thick skin - which he does. He's managed an incredible football club like Celtic. (the press) will go for him but he will be prepared.
"For me, as a coach, he made probably one of the biggest impressions on my career, on how to play, how to move. I really learned how to play football under him.
"I owe Gordon Strachan a hell of a lot. I personally think he is the best Scottish manager out there who was available. I'm sure (Scotland) will do well with him.
"We have gone this way with our football for the last couple of years, we have been left a legacy by an incredible human being (Gary Speed) and against Scotland, we followed that through, which made me even more proud.
"We represent him (Speed) every time we play. His ideas, how we go about our football, that was his philosophy and we stuck to that at Hampden. It's one of the proudest I've ever been in a Wales shirt."
Source: Newcastle United Mad