Craig Bellamy emerges as shock front-runner to replace Dave Jones as Cardiff City manager - report

Striker, who was on loan at his home town club from Manchester City last season, is unlikely to throw his hat into the ring, preferring to concentrate on his playing career
Cardiff City striker and self-proclaimed Bluesbirds fan Craig Bellamy is the surprise favourite to replace Dave Jones as manager of the club, according to a report in the Guardian.

Roberto Di Matteo and Chris Hughton are also thought to be in the frame but Bellamy is the early favourites to take over the manager’s hot seat after Jones was given the boot for failing to deliver promotion to the Premier League.

Jones was sacked after six years at City where he came close to promotion on numerous occasions but he was never able to secure that elusive promotion.

Bellamy signed on loan for the Bluebirds in August, with Manchester City still paying the majority of his reported £90,000 wages, and made 35 appearances for the club notching 11 goals as they finished fourth in the Championship. But Bellamy was unable to inspire the side in the play-offs as they were dumped out 3-0 by Reading in the semi-finals.

The chances of the 31-year-old wanting to hang up his boots and take up the managerial reigns at the club are slim but he has expressed an interest in remaining at the club next season as a player.

Whether City could afford to pay the wages of the Welsh international remains unclear but what seems to be certain is the Bellamy will not be part of Roberto Mancini’s plans at his parent club Manchester City.

Bolton and Sunderland are both rumoured to be interested in the lively front man but he is believed to prefer a permanent move to his hometown club.

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