Jay Bothroyd wants Craig Bellamy as Cardiff City manager

Jay Bothroyd and Craig Bellamy
Bothroyd and Bellamy were Cardiff team-mates during the 2010-2011 season

Ex-Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd would like to see former team-mate Craig Bellamy as the club's manager.

Current boss Russell Slade has been criticised following a disappointing season in which Cardiff finished 11th in the Championship.

Bellamy ended his playing career at Cardiff in May 2014 and is now doing his coaching badges with the Welsh FA.

"The manager's job at Cardiff would be a great first job for him," Bothroyd said.

"He's worked with great managers and trained with great clubs over the years. I'm sure he's taken a lot of things on board."

Slade took over as Cardiff's new manager in October 2014 following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The former Leyton Orient boss has been criticised by fans this season, with supporters booing him and calling for his departure.

Bothroyd, who made more than 130 appearances for the Bluebirds between 2008 and 2011 and who now plays for Jubilo Iwata in Japan, has also criticised Cardiff's style of play

"No fan is not going to want to pay money to watch that kind of football," Bothroyd told BBC Wales Sport.

Russell Slade
Russell Slade left Leyton Orient to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff

"They've played too many long balls. The fans have been used to exciting football.

"The manager obviously implements his style of play on the team. Nothing against Russell Slade but I don't think that he's improved the team at all since he took over."

Bothroyd played alongside Bellamy when the former Wales striker spent a loan spell with Cardiff from Manchester City during the 2010-2011 season and had also been his team-mate at Coventry City.

Former England international Bothroyd believes Bellamy is the man to bring attractive football back to the Cardiff City Stadium.

"Even as a player he was the first to have a go at people in training," Bothroyd said.

"He wanted to see the team pass the ball more and create more chances.

"He would implement a style of football he'd enjoy, exciting football.

"I've got great respect for him. He's one of the most professional players I've played with.

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