Newcastle United Champions League hero set for shock move to European giant this summer

Craig Bellamy is set to link-up with Vincent Kompany at Bayern Munich.Craig Bellamy is set to link-up with Vincent Kompany at Bayern Munich.
Craig Bellamy is set to link-up with Vincent Kompany at Bayern Munich. | Getty Images
Bayern Munich missed out on the Bundesliga title and are making some major changes ahead of the new season

Former Newcastle United forward Craig Bellamy is expected to make a shock move to join the coaching team at Germany heavyweights Bayern Munich.

The 33-time Bundesliga winners are currently in advanced talks with Burnley over the shock appointment of recently-relegated head coach Vincent Kompany and the two clubs are both aiming to reach a compensation fee in the coming days.

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Bayern have struggled to find a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, whose exit was confirmed last week after initially being announced in February. Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, Germany chief Julian Nagelsmann and current Austria boss Ralf Rangnick have all turned down the job in recent weeks. Talks about persuading Tuchel to stay in a dramatic U-turn failed to reach a positive conclusion, leaving Bayern scrambling for a successor.

The ex-Manchester City captain’s potential appointment has raised many eyebrows with football experts around Europe after the Clarets’ 19th place finish in the Premier League where they achieved just 24 points and a total of just five league wins all season. But Kompany is still regarded as a strong option by the Bayern Munich hierarchy due to his time at Anderlecht and his initial success at Burnley, where he led the club to the Championship title in 2022/23 with an impressive 101 points.

Kompany is renowned for his exceptional leadership in the dressing room from his time as a player at Manchester City and he also speaks fluent German after his spell at Hamburger SV as a youngster. The Belgian has worked closely with Bellamy throughout his managerial career and wants to bring the Welshman with him to the Allianz Arena if a deal is reached.

Bellamy had his first experience of Champions League football with Newcastle after joining from Coventry City in 2001. The centre forward, who could also play as a wide attacker, was notably part of Bobby Robson’s team which progressed from the group stage in 2003 despite losing their first three games. In that campaign, Bellamy scored two crucial goals in a decisive 3-2 win against Feyenoord to secure Newcastle’s place in the second group stage - thus becoming the first team in history to progress after such a poor start.

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After leaving the North East in 2004, Bellamy gained further experience in European competitions with the likes of Celtic, Liverpool (twice) and Manchester City. The latter of which was where the Welshman first met Kompany to form a close-knit friendship.

He retired at the end of his second spell with Cardiff City in 2014 but remained in Wales to achieve his coaching badges. Bellamy has ambitions of becoming a manager himself one day, he applied for the Oxford United job in 2018 but later withdrew his interest. Since then he has served as assistant coach to Kompany with Anderlecht and Burnley, and his now set to test himself on a huge European stage with Bayern Munich where he will link up with former Premier League stars such as Leroy Sane, Eric Dier and Harry Kane.

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