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Bellers set for management role

Filed: Wednesday, 21st February 2018
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham striker Craig Bellamy is close to being named as the manager of Oxford City, say reports.

The former Welsh international - who spent 18 months at West Ham between 2007 and 2009 - is hot favourite to be named as the successor to Pep Clotet, who was fired last month following a string of poor results by the League One side.

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Bellamy, 38, is yet to take on a management post since retiring as a professional in 2014, but was closely linked to the Welsh international job before Ryan Giggs was appointed last month. City are current 15th in League One whilst Bellamy is currently working at Cardiff, his last club as a player, as Development Manager.

A popular player with West Ham supporters, the former striker joined West Ham from Newcastle United in a 7.5million deal in July 2007 before going on to make just 26 appearances for the club over the course of the next two seasons, scoring six goals in the process.

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Bellamy left the club in the January 2009 transfer window, moving to Manchester City in a 14million deal - a victim of the cost cutting necessitated as a result of the banking crisis that left main stakeholder Bjorgolffur Gudmundsson bankrupt.

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