Craig Bellamy discusses Burnley's approach, mental health & Ange Postecoglu in conversation with Gary Neville
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The Clarets have lost seven of their opening nine games, raising questions about whether their swashbuckling style – which saw them romp to the Championship title last term – can have the same effect in the Premier League.
“We [me and Kompany] have the same romantic view on football, we’re historians on football,” he said.
When asked if Burnley will change their style of football, Bellamy responded: “No chance, why would we change?
“We’ve just got to get better with the ball. We’re leaving too many gaps when we haven’t got the ball.
“We were the best team without the ball last year, the compactness, that’s when you’re a good team. By being compact and being a unit, you end up working like a machine.”
Bellamy discussed a variety of topics during his 45-minute deep dive with Neville, including his mental health and how he sees a psychologist once a week.
The 44-year-old opened up on how he balances his workload working at Burnley for the good of his own “sanity”.
“We [me and Kompany] don’t disagree as much as we used to at Anderlecht, now he’s right quite a lot. He’s very thoughtful and different – you’re not dealing with a normal ex-footballer, his work ethic is clear,” he said.
“[But] I have to be clever with my time. Where at Anderlecht, I wouldn’t leave unless he left, now I need to take my own time-outs. I have to be able to switch off, to work again.
“You’ve got to be respectful to the people around you and to appreciate the people around me, they need their time too.
“I have to be fair with my time and I’m all in. Whether it’s with my little girl, I’m all in – waking up with her, going to every park, it’s all there, she gets 100 per cent from me.
“This is what I felt I wasn’t good at, I was always on the phone and I hated that about me. I wish I was more present. Me being more present, being able to give more time is something I have to be able to improve, for my own sanity.”
Bellamy also revealed he and Kompany attempted to lure current Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglu to Anderlecht, where they worked together between 2019 and 2021.
“I watched him in Japan and we tried to get him to Anderlecht with us, but he was going his own path,” the former Liverpool and Newcastle United man said.
“He was going to be head coach and Vinny would be player manager, but at the time it was still going to be Vinny’s project and Ange is his own man.
“He ended up going to Celtic, a club I’m very fond of and I was happy with that.”
Craig Bellamy was speaking on The Overlap, in partnership with Sky Bet