Wales opt for former captain Craig Bellamy as country’s new manager

July 10 – Former Wales captain Craig Bellamy is the new manager of his country until 2028, replacing Rob Page who was fired in June after failing to qualify the team for Euro 2024.

“It’s the proudest moment of my career,” said Bellamy, who retired from playing in 2014. “It was always my ultimate dream.”

Bellamy, who played for Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle, was recently assistant coach at Burnley in the English Premier League. This will be his first senior coaching role.

He played 78 times for Wales from 1998-2014, captaining the team from 2007-10.

Bellamy’s first game in charge will be against Turkey in the Nations League.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

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