Cardiff City’s player development manager Craig Bellamy is understood to be being lined up to replace current manager Neil Warnock once he leaves the club according to The Mirror.

The 37-year-old former Welsh international striker re-joined the club in December 2014 to help develop young talent at the Cardiff City Stadium after spending two spells with his hometown club as a player.

It has been reported that The Bluebirds legend Bellamy has been working closely with manager Warnock of late and there is a real chance that the colourful Welshman could become the club’s next manager when their current boss finally makes the decision to retire.

Bellamy’s first spell with Cardiff City came in August 2010 when he joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City. The striker netted 11 goals in 35 games for The Bluebirds and soon became a hit with the club’s fans.

After a season at Liverpool, Bellamy returned to Cardiff City on a permanent basis in August 2012 and the player made a further 55 appearances for the club and scored six goals. Bellamy helped The Bluebirds to a first promotion to the Premier League back in 2012/2013 and although the club could not remain in the top flight, the striker ended his playing career as one of Cardiff City’s true greats.

The player has never been short of anything to say during his long footballing career and Bellamy would be a popular selection for the manager’s job at the Cardiff City Stadium in the future.

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