Sky Bet League One side Oxford United have been given permission to speak to Craig Bellamy regarding their vacant managerial position, according to BBC Sport.

The 38-year-old currently works for Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City as their player development manager. However the former Wales international was interviewed for the Wales job before his former team-mate Ryan Giggs was appointed last month.

Meanwhile Oxford United are struggling in Sky Bet League One and have been without a manager since Pep Clotet was sacked last month.

Should Bellamy be appointed as the U’s boss it would be his first managerial position.

The U’s currently sit five points clear of the relegation zone, in fifteenth place, and Bellamy appears the prime candidate to take over.

Bellamy has become highly rated as a coach at Cardiff City, with first-team manager Neil Warnock recently praising the former Wales captain when the Welsh managerial position was vacant.

The Bluebirds sit second in the Sky Bet Championship, nine points behind runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, however they have given Oxford United permission to speak to the Welshman.

“We want to facilitate Craig’s opportunities to get experience,” Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo told BBC Sport Wales.

“This could be a good move for his career.”

Meanwhile Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock commented that a potential move to Oxford United would only benefit him in the future.

“I think it would be a good appointment,” said Warnock.

“These top players need to go out and learn the business. It’s not just about coaching, it’s about managing up and down with the boardroom and everything.

“Craig has got great attributes. He might have been disappointed not to get the Welsh job and I hope he does get it (Oxford job).

“He can learn and this could be the first step on the ladder of his managerial career.”


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