Bellamy surprise favourite for Cardiff job

Craig Bellamy has emerged as the surprise favourite to take over as manager of Cardiff City after the Welsh club sacked Dave Jones on Monday.

Jones had been in charge of The Bluebirds for six years but his failure to guide the club to the Premier League in that time and a second successive season of play-off disappointment resulted in his contract being terminated.

Bellamy joined his hometown club on a season-long loan from Manchester City last August after Roberto Mancini deemed the Wales international surplus to requirements at Eastlands. The 31-year-old has one year left on his current contract with the Premier League club but is unlikely to figure in City's plans for next season.

However, despite their seemingly unlimited finances it appears unlikely that City would be willing to let the player leave on another loan deal which sees them pay the majority of Bellamy's reported £90,000 per-week salary.

Furthermore, it remains to be seen if Bellamy would be interested in taking on the responsibility and expectations of management at this stage in his playing career. Chris Hughton and Roberto Di Matteo have both been mentioned as possible candidates for the vacant post.

Having secured promotion to the Premier League last season, with Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion respectively, both Hughton and Di Matteo at least have a proven track record at Championship level.

Bellamy the player is undoubtedly of Premiership quality; Bellamy the manager is an unknown quantity who could struggle to deal with the day-to-day pressure of running an ambitious club.

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