Could Wales give Craig Bellamy his first post in management?

by Jack Kitson / 22 November 2017, 10:18

Wales were left managerless last week after Chris Coleman opted - somewhat bizarrely to some - to return to club level management with Championship strugglers Sunderland.

Ryan Giggs was instantly installed as the favourite to succeed the departed Coleman, only to be replaced at the summit of the market by Tony Pulis who lost his job at West Brom on Monday.

However, we now have a new leader in Craig Bellamy at 8/11 with Paddy Power.

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Bellamy’s move to the top of the betting comes soon after he told Monday Night Football (Sky Sports) that he’s keen to manage his country:

"I'd always be interested in it, even now at this moment, of course I am. And looking further ahead I think I'd be interested in for the rest of my life. I'm passionately Welsh, it's the pinnacle for me, and I'd definitely be interested in that job.”

Bellamy hung up his boots in 2014 after a career spanning 18 years, during which he played for the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and Cardiff, while he picked up 78 caps for Wales, scoring 19 goals.

The 38-year-old also expressed his interest in managing in the Premier League, but admitted he doesn’t have the experience at the moment, although he’s been working through the youth systems of Welsh football, and currently holds a post at Cardiff’s academy.

In the past Wales have placed their faith in managers with little or no managerial experience e.g. Mark Hughes and Gary Speed, meaning there’s every chance they could do the same with either Bellamy, Giggs, or John Hartson, who said he “would walk on broken glass” for the job.

All three men deserve a chance to prove themselves in the managerial arena, but while a Premier League and Championship job may be out of their reach, Wales could prove to be the ideal starting point.

Whoever does take charge of the country’s Golden Generation will be tasked with picking the players up following their 2018 World Cup qualification agony, and in turn lead them through to Euro 2020.

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