Former Norwich City striker Craig Bellamy back in football with youth role at Cardiff City

Craig Bellamy in Premier League action for Cardiff City in May 2014. Picture: PA/Anna Growthorpe

Craig Bellamy in Premier League action for Cardiff City in May 2014. Picture: PA/Anna Growthorpe - Credit: PA

Craig Bellamy is back in football after being appointed player development manager at Cardiff City.

Craig Bellamy bundles his way past the Crewe defence to open the scoring during Norwich City's 2-1 w

Craig Bellamy bundles his way past the Crewe defence to open the scoring during Norwich City's 2-1 win at Carrow Road on the opening day of the 1998/99 Division One season. Picture: Archant library

The 37-year-old finished his playing career with his boyhood club in 2014 and has since been doing media work but will now oversee the progression of young talent into the Bluebirds first team.

Bellamy started his career with Norwich City, scoring 34 goals in 91 games between August 1996 and August 2000, before being sold to Coventry for around £6.5million.

The Welshman went on to play for clubs including Newcastle, Liverpool, Celtic and Manchester City, and was also capped 68 times by Wales.

He returns to Cardiff following last week's news that under-23s coach Kevin Nicholson had left the club as first-team manager Neil Warnock set about shaking up the Bluebirds' youth system.

Bellamy told cardiffcity.co.uk: 'It's a position at the club that I feel very passionately about and one that comes with huge responsibility. To be appointed in such a role is a fantastic honour for me.'