Tuesday 27 September 2016

Craig Bellamy and Frank Lampard to host Monday Night Football as Sky rotate

Sky Sports plan to use a rotating panel of stars to help Jamie Carragher and Ed Chamberlain present their Monday Night Football coverage for the foreseeable future

Published 07/12/2015 | 14:34

Gary Neville will be replaced on Monday Night Football by Craig Bellamy for Everton’s match against Crystal Palace, Telegraph Sport has revealed.

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But the former Liverpool striker is not being lined up as Neville’s long-term successor, with Frank Lampard due to fill in for the former Manchester United defender when Chelsea travel to Leicester City next week.

Sky Sports plan to use a rotating panel of stars to help Jamie Carragher and Ed Chamberlain present their Monday Night Football coverage for the foreseeable future following Neville’s departure for the Valencia manager’s job.

England coach Neville quit as Sky’s lead analyst last week after four years in the role, the last two of which have seen him joined on its flagship Monday football programme by Carragher.

Neville signed a six-month contract with Valencia and Sky has made no decision yet on whether it will appoint a permanent replacement.

Since retiring in May last year, Bellamy has been taking his coaching badges while working unpaid at Cardiff City’s academy and with the Wales Under-17s.

As a player, he polarised opinion and was involved in several high-profile controversies, including being fined for confronting Liverpool team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club.

Everton and Palace are not among the many teams for which the 36-year-old played, having turned out for Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Manchester City – in addition to Cardiff and Liverpool.

Lampard, meanwhile, was virtually a one-club man, having spent almost his entire career at Chelsea and becoming their all-time record goalscorer.

That was sandwiched between his days at West Ham and a short stint at Manchester City.

He is now playing at City’s sister club New York City FC, whose season finished in October.

He is also doing his coaching badges and has previously expressed a desire to manage Chelsea, who have left the door open for him to return to Stamford Bridge in any capacity.

Telegraph.co.uk

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