Sunderland joker was ‘pinned to wall by Greek brute who only played three games’

It's no secret that pranks are common in Premier League dressing rooms – but one dodgy defender was less than impressed when he was targeted.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos had previously played over 50 games for Liverpool, but only lasted for three league matches at Sunderland after joining on loan from Wolfsburg in 2012.

But his short stint didn't stop him from being targeted by Craig Gardner, the resident training ground joker.

Wayne Bridge was a member of the same squad and recalled to Daily Star Sport the best personalities he came across through his illustrious career in the top flight.

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Speaking at the launch of Clubhouse 5, a new state-of-the-art sports bar located just off London's Leicester Square, Bridge said: "Jimmy Bullard and David Bentley, they are just mental characters. They are a great laugh. Everyone would love them and their pranks and stuff.

"Craig Gardner is another one. We were at Sunderland and we had a big Greek centre-half and he did something and got pinned up against the wall."

Bridge insisted, however, that it wasn't just the players who were the best personalities in the changing room.

"There is another one, not a player, Billy McCulloch the physio at Chelsea," he said. "All the managers that came in, Ranieri, Mourinho, Scolari, they would all have him up telling jokes and he kept the team spirit up.

"Les Chapman, the City kit man, he was brilliant too.'

It wasn't just wild players that Bridge played with. He was also an integral part of Jose Mourinho's successful first Chelsea team.

And he says that he was just as unpredictable on the training pitch as he was with the media.

"You can't please every player but the team is a team. You can't keep everyone happy but he wanted the team to fight for each other.

"What I like about him is that he brought a bit of nastiness to Chelsea, a lot of going down injured and this and that. He was brilliant.

"When I left the club, he was always good to me. I think he'll always be good to any ex-player who has ever been at the club.

"He was disciplined but he had his way of getting the most out of players.

"If he did something it is to hope for a reaction and he hopes he gets the right reaction and that's just how he gets the best out of people."

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