Last Updated: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:36
Craig Bellamy has backed boss Malky Mackay to do well in the Premier League but he has warned Cardiff they face a "tough" year.
Bellamy is set for one final crack in the top flight next season with his hometown club and he is relishing the challenge.
Mackay, who was linked with the Everton and Stoke jobs last month, is one of the most highly-regarded young managers in the country and Bellamy believes he can cope with the demands of coming up against the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes next term.
The striker expects Mackay to stay at Cardiff long term and hopefully help establish the Bluebirds in the Premier League.
Bellamy told BBC Sport: "By getting the club up, it wouldn't make sense to him or anyone else to then leave for somewhere else. I am sure he is here for the long run as well.
"Being linked [with other clubs] is just a great compliment, not just for the manager but the players too. Everybody wants to be linked because it means you are doing something right.
"I am sure he is fully aware of the job he has here. This is a club on the up but it is going to be a tough year, there are no two ways about it."
Bellamy, meanwhile, has also admitted he would like to manage Cardiff himself in the future but is just concentrating on seeing out his playing days, with the 33-year-old also admitting he does not have too many more years left in him after a long career dogged, at times, by serious knee problems.
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