Craig Bellamy signs 4-year deal to become Wales manager

By Jurassic JennJul 10, 2024 09:34 AMSport
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Cardiff-born Craig Bellamy, a former Welsh international with 78 caps and captain from 2007-2010, has been appointed the new Wales manager. Bellamy, 44, replaces his former teammate Robert Page, who was dismissed in June. The Welsh Football Association (FAW) has offered Bellamy a four-year contract until 2028, marking a significant milestone in his career. This is reported by SSP.

Expressing his gratitude and excitement about the position, Bellamy said, "To lead my country is an incredible honor and the proudest moment of my career. Becoming the Cymru head coach has always been my ultimate dream, and I am ready to face the challenge. I am committed to developing this team and passionate about bringing continued success to Welsh football. I can't wait to start with our Nations League matches in September."

Bellamy departed from his previous role as acting head coach at Burnley to assume the managerial position with the national team. While Scott Parker, the new head coach at Burnley, was eager to collaborate with Bellamy, Burnley chairman Alan Pace expressed gratitude towards Bellamy for his contribution to the club and wished him luck in his new endeavor.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Georgia manager Willy Sagnol, and surprise candidate Des Buckingham, the Oxford United boss, were all reportedly considered for the Wales managerial post. However, Bellamy emerged as the FAW's top choice.

Dr. David Adams, the FAW's chief football officer, stated, "We conducted a thorough recruitment process for the new men's national team head coach, and Craig emerged as the standout candidate. We are all excited about the Nations League matches and working with Craig to achieve success for Welsh football."

Bellamy's first match as Wales manager will be a home tie against Turkey in the Nations League on September 6, followed by an away match against Montenegro on September 9. Under Bellamy's guidance, the team will be aiming for qualification in the 2026 World Cup.

Having retired from international football in 2013, Bellamy missed the opportunity to participate in a major tournament as Wales qualified for Euro 2016 under Chris Coleman. He commenced his coaching career within Cardiff City's academy and subsequently served as an assistant manager to former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht before joining Burnley.

With his extensive experience and background, Bellamy is set to embark on his managerial journey and lead the Welsh national team towards new heights. His return to Wales signifies the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another in his footballing career.

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