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Craig Bellamy set to be unveiled as new Wales boss

08 Jul 2024 2 minute read
Craig Bellamy. Credit:: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Craig Bellamy is expected to be named the new Wales manager on Tuesday.

According to BBC Wales, Bellamy, has emerged as the Football Association of Wales (FAW’s) first choice to replace Rob Page.

Bellamy will succeed Page – who was sacked last month – after turning down the opportunity to stay at Burnley under new manager Scott Parker.

Bellamy has spent the last two seasons at Burnley, where he worked as number two to Vincent Kompany.

He was put in interim charge after Kompany left for Bayern Munich in May and Parker said on Monday that he wanted the Welshman to stay on his coaching staff at Turf Moor.

But Bellamy has decided to return home to Wales, with only a couple of minor points to be ironed out before the FAW announce his appointment on Tuesday.

Bellamy began his coaching career in the academy of hometown club Cardiff and served as Kompany’s assistant at Anderlecht and then Burnley.

It’s understood Bellamy impressed the FAW hierarchy when he was interviewed in the north of England last week.

Craig Bellamy. By Jon Candy (CC 2.0)

The 44-year-old is a former Wales captain who played 78 times for his country between 1998 and 2013. Bellamy came close to landing the job back in 2018 before the FAW appointed Ryan Giggs.

The Football Association of Wales were open to the idea of appointing their first non-Welsh manager since 1999 after ending Page’s three-and-a-half-year reign in the wake of failing to qualify for Euro 2024.

It’s believed that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Georgia boss Willy Sagnol and surprise contender Oxford United boss Des Buckingham were all spoken to about the post.

Wales return to action with a Nations League home tie against Turkey on September 6 before heading to Montenegro three days later.

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5 days ago

Let’s hope he allows the team to push up when they have the ball. Something akin to what Gary and Chris did. Ever since Giggs, we have reverted to the 80s and 90s style where our players seem more concerned about losing a goal than actually scoring one. Our forward talent are being wasted!

Billy James
Billy James
5 days ago

It would be a great appointment…

Lets hope he brings in some foreign coaches ( as well as the) former ex Welsh players on to his coaching staff…

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