Craig Bellamy could be set to take his first job in football management.

One of the stars of Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United team, Bellamy is now favourite for the vacancy at Oxford United.

They sacked manager Pep Clotet on 22 January and are still to appoint a replacement.

In the meantime, Derek Fazackerley has stepped up from being Assistant Manager to Caretaker boss.

The same Derek Fazackerley who was Kevin Keegan’s head coach at Newcastle United back in the 90s.

Craig Bellamy the odds on 4/6 favourite and Fazackerley third favourite at 5/1. As caretaker boss he has overseen one league game, an excellent 3-2 win at Charlton on Saturday gone.

This leaves Oxford United in 10th place in League One, only seven points off the play-offs.

Former Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is a distant fourth favourite at 25/1, along with more exotic names in Frank Lampard and Paul Ince.

Betting to be next Oxford Manager:

4/6 Craig Bellamy

4/1 Michael Beale

5/1 Derek Fazackerley

25/1 Simon Grayson

25/1 Paul Ince

25/1 Frank Lampard

33/1 Neil Lennon

View all the Next Oxford Manager odds HERE

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  • Geordiegiants

    I loved him in SBR’s days, he was a little sh it House and hated by everyone in the game. He has turned out to be an even bigger sh it House, sucking Jabbas hoop on sky.

  • Martin

    That would not end well.

  • toonterrier

    Good luck to him he did well for us.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Agreed mate, Bellamy was the sort of player who’d be first on my teamsheet although I’d hate to manage him. If the great Souness had been that capable as manager, he’d have been able to cope with the little sod. Will never forget him making a nugget of Danny Mills at St James’s. Awkward little git, but always up for it. Every team needs at least one person with some attitude & bottle. Interesting times for Oxford squad if he gets it!

  • Dillon Tovak

    I have doubts over his temperament to be a successful manager but we’ll see. Biiiiiig ego.

    • Down Under Mag

      Much like a certain Roy Keane…too big in their boots and not diplomatic enough for modern management i’m afraid!

      I hope he gets it though in fairness and he can experience the petulance of players first hand to appreciate what a little s***t he and the likes of Dyer were to Sir Bobby.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It was not Bellemy or Dyer who got rid of Bobby. Let look at the number 9

        • Down Under Mag

          They still showed him utter disrespect, no matter who was behind the final blow to getting rid.

        • Megatron1505

          Are you claiming that Shearer was responsible for SBR going?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ahhhha, someone can read between the lines! He was not alone but far more influential than any other player. FFS and young Dougie had already been heading down that line and noticeably, the player trading prior to SBR leaving (at least 12 months) had ignored the manager’s requests and requiments (including life without Shearer)

          • Megatron1505

            Would love to see the evidence of this Robert, because personally I think it’s a pile of poo.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Well, the two people who can tell you for sure are both no longer with us.

            SBR’s autobiography update was said to be dynamite but a rethink / edit before publishing. Like most, I’m only going from heresay but the sources are good.

            One thing is for sure, Dyer and Bellamy did not get SBR sacked.

          • Megatron1505

            And of course we would have totally ignore the phone infamous “ I felt like the man who shot Bambi’s Mum” interview with Freddy Sheperd, and go with heresay.

            I find your choice of words interesting, “like most” and “good sources” in particular. You like to add credence without adding detail or proof.

            I find it a poor, unsubstantiated and disrespectful rumour not worthy of the time of a fan of this football club.

  • Cockneytrev

    I loved him playing for us, he always gave 100% and went out every match to win,,

  • Guest 2

    Excellent. Then he can be publicly judged for his managerial capacity – which is likely to be the same as his punditry skills. This little [email protected] is as bad as the Neville’s.

  • Phil Yare

    can’t see that going well. loved him as a player but has little man syndrome and could have an argument in an empty room. don’t think hes earned much respect from fellow pros

    • Dave Pattinson

      No respect from fellow pros? Don’t think that’ll worry him too much. Little man syndrome? As one who is of only average height, I’d much prefer a team of vertically challenged guys with attitude than some of the rather large, ineffectual individuals we’ve wasted our time with over the years! Where do u want to start? 😂

  • Danimal

    Who’s Michael Beale? I haven’t watched Eastenders for years.

  • Danimal

    And we shouldn’t mock. I wouldn’t be surprised to see David Bellamy managing us if Monkseaton Ghost’s recurring wet dream Mike Ashley still owns the club by August.

    • ghostrider

      At least we’ll still have a functioning club regardless of who manages us, as long as Ashley’s here.

      • Danimal

        Is that equivalent to the expression “functioning alcoholic”? If so, a very astute observation Bobbi Monkseaton Clarko or whatever you call yourself these days.

  • ghostrider

    I don’t see why the digs are on Bellamy.
    He did his job for us and he had his ups and downs but there’s no smoke without fire.
    He might make a great manager. He’s got the fire in his belly for it, I think.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He was also the wrong guy to sell. When Souness came at at Shearer’s behest, he came with a remit to sort out the dressing room.

      He ended up moving the best players out, noticeably the ones that didn’t get on with our number 9.

      I’ve met Bellemy when on holiday, lots of opinions on Nufc, most positive other uncomfortable truths that are coming out as confirmed more recently.

  • Rich Lawson

    Isn’t this the bloke who had a fight with Carver at an airport,attacked a team mate with a club on the golf course and kept taunting Big Al by txt ? Can’t wait to hear about his team talks and man management skills,and isn’t he currently taking lessons from Warnock at Cardiff ?

    • Leazes.

      I like him…. shows no fear.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Well Di Canio was able to do a decent job in management when a lot thought he would go mad and kick off.
    To be honest though, I would be along the lines of Bellamy being given a management job to something akin to putting Harold Shipman in charge of a Geriatric Ward !