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Q&A: Why have Wales turned to Craig Bellamy and what next for the national team?

The 78-times capped forward will be in charge for 2026 World Cup and Euro 2028 qualification campaigns.


Wales have appointed Craig Bellamy as their new head coach on a four-year contract.

Bellamy won 78 Wales caps between 1998 and 2013, and this is his first senior management role after assisting Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht and Burnley.

Here, the PA news agency examines why Wales turned to former captain Bellamy and what is next for the Dragons.

Why did Wales need a new manager?

Wales v Poland – UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying – Play Off Final – Cardiff City Stadium
Rob Page’s reign as Wales boss came to an end last month after over three-and-a-half years in charge (David Davies/PA)

Who was in the running for the job?

Racial and Gender Equity in European Football Conference – Wednesday January 31st – City Ground
Former France and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry was linked with the Wales job after studying for his coaching badges at the FAW (Mike Egerton/PA)

So how did Bellamy win the race?

Liverpool v Burnley – Premier League – Anfield
Craig Bellamy (left) gained coaching experience alongside Vincent Kompany at Burnley and Anderlecht (Peter Byrne/PA)

What can we expect from Bellamy?

Soccer – FA Barclays Premiership – Newcastle United v Liverpool – St James Park
Craig Bellamy (right), pictured in action for Liverpool against Newcastle, courted controversy during a colourful playing career (Owen Humphreys/PA)

What are Wales’ targets?

Wales v Finland – UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying – Play Off – Cardiff City Stadium
Wales are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup and Euro 2028 with Craig Bellamy at the helm (David Davies/PA)
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