Former Newcastle United striker Craig Bellamy looks set to land his first job in management, with the 38-year-old ready to be named the new Oxford United boss.
The Welshman spent four seasons on Tyneside between 2001 and 2005, scoring 43 goals in 128 appearances after the great Sir Bobby Robson signed him for £6.5m from Coventry over 15 years ago.
He’s since spent the last few years as a Sky pundit after retiring from the game in 2014, however he now looks set to take the plunge into management.
Robson once called him a “great player wrapped round an unusual and volatile character”, so it will be very interesting to see how he fares in his first stint in management with the struggling League One side.
Bellamy had been in the frame to take the Wales job before Ryan Giggs was appointed, however the Chronicle report that he’s been in talks with the League One side over the past few weeks.
They reveal that Bellamy had begun talking to presenter David Jones through his punditry work for Sky Sports, with Jones – a non executive director at the Kassam Stadium – appearing to have got the ball rolling for his anticipated appointment.
He was a notoriously fiery character during his playing days, so let’s see how he gets on. There could be fireworks!