CARDIFF: Craig Bellamy has been appointed new manager of Wales in place if Rob Page, who was sacked last month in June after the failure to qualify for the finals of Euro 2024.

Bellamy, 44, was acting head coach at Burnley before Scott Parker’s appointment last week to succeed Bayern Munich-bound Vincent Kompany. His ambition to manage his country was not a secret and he met senior FAW officers last week.

The FAW had also discussed the role with Thierry Henry, Georgia boss Willy Sagnol and Oxford United’s Des Buckingham while Bellamy narrowly missed out to Ryan Giggs for the job in 2018.

His first game in charge will be a Nations League home tie against Turkey on September 6 followed by an away match in Montenegro three days later.

Bellamy scored 19 goals in 78 appearances before retiring from international football in 2013. He then worked in Cardiff City’s academy before serving as assistant manager to former Manchester City team-mate Kompany at Anderlecht and then Burnley.

Bellamy played for Norwich, Newcastle, Celtic, Manchester City and Liverpool, twice. He played for Great Britain team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

FAW statement:

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Bellamy as the Cymru Men’s National Team Head Coach until 2028.
A UEFA Pro Licence holder through the FAW Coach Education system, Bellamy has been a coach since retiring from playing in 2014, most recently as acting Head Coach and Assistant Coach at Burnley in the English Premier League.
Prior to joining Burnley, Bellamy was the U21 Head Coach and Senior Team Assistant Coach for Anderlecht and also worked in the academy of his boyhood club Cardiff City.
As a player, Bellamy played more than 400 top flight matches and represented Cymru 78 times, captaining the side between 2007-2010.
On his appointment, Bellamy said: “It’s an incredible honour for me to be given the opportunity to lead my country and it’s the proudest moment of my career. It was always my ultimate dream to become the Cymru Head Coach and I am ready for the challenge.
“I will give my full commitment to develop this team and I am passionate to bring continued success into Welsh football. I can’t wait to get started with our Nations League games in September.”
The FAW’s Chief Football Officer, Dr. David Adams, said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce Craig as our new Head Coach. We undertook a thorough recruitment process for the new Men’s National Team Head Coach and Craig was identified as the standout candidate.
“We are all looking forward to the Nations League games and working with Craig to deliver success for Welsh Football.”
Bellamy’s first match in charge of the side will be on Friday 6 September against Türkiye at the Cardiff City Stadium, where Cymru will begin their UEFA Nations League campaign.