Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has revealed rumours of Craig Bellamy returning to St James’s Park had him reaching for the bottle. The retired Magpies striker said he needed a few drinks to calm him down after reading that Sam Allardyce was planning to sign the Welsh international.
Shearer said: “I was having a few days away in France with my former Newcastle team-mates Gary Speed and Steve Harper and the wives and I picked up the newspaper. I was having a fantastic day. But when I read Bellamy for Newcastle I thought I would definitely have to have another drink. I had several. I hope there’s nothing in it.”
Bellamy, aged 27, left Newcastle in controversial circumstances after public bust-ups with managers Sir Bobby Robson and Graeme Souness, and a scuffle with coach Terry McDermott. He also fell out with Shearer and allegedly sent him abusive phone messages before moving from Newcastle.
Continuing his attack on Bellamy, Shearer added: “Has no-one learned their lesson about signing him? If only Rafa Benitez had rung me I would have told him exactly what he was like.” [Via BBC Sport]