“Cynical” – What the former Coventry City ace really thinks of Gordon Strachan and Craig Bellamy

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Former Coventry City star David Thompson looks back on his time with the Sky Blues.

Thompson spent two years at Coventry after joining the Liverpool club for £ 3 million in 2000.

The midfielder played 72 games and scored 16 goals for City before moving to the Blackburn Rovers in 2002.

Thompson has now revealed his thoughts on manager Gordon Strachan – who recruited him from Liverpool – and teammate Craig Bellamy.

The 42-year-old said Strachan made him “feel 10 feet tall” by convincing him to join the Sky Blues.

“He was a brilliant coach,” Thompson told Goal. “But he was a pretty cynical character, and I don’t think that helped him.

“If he had had a little more charisma, he would have been a top manager.

“His understanding of the game and his training sessions were superb. “

About Bellamy, Thompson said, “It made me laugh, Bellers. I liked him very much and I would have him on my team every day.

“He’s a winner, but at the time, he didn’t know how to channel it.

“He would be the first in the morning and the last to leave, he always worked hard but he knew how to disturb people too!

“If you didn’t know how to take it, it might rub you the wrong way, but it was always from a good place.

“All that mattered to him was to win and improve. “

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