Craig Bellamy set to be named as new Wales manager

-Credit: (Image: James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)

Craig Bellamy is set to be named Wales' new manager, WalesOnline understands.

Bellamy was one of the initial favourites to succeed Rob Page in the Wales dugout following his dismissal last month and it has now emerged the former Manchester City and Liverpool man is the FAW's preferred choice to lead his country into a new era.

He is currently on the coaching staff at Burnley, with new Clarets boss Scott Parker revealing on Monday that he was keen to work with Bellamy at Turf Moor.

"The staff that are here at the football club, I've come in to obviously work with these staff," Parker said when quizzed on the future of Bellamy and others on Monday.

"I've brought one member of staff with me in Jonathan Hill, who's been with me since Spurs under-18s, Fulham and Bournemouth.

"The rest are here for us to work with. Work together and obviously try and be successful."

But it appears that Bellamy's head has been turned by the prospect of managing his country. He met with FAW chiefs last week to discuss the opportunity, with the finer details now still to be agreed.

A new name, that of Oxford United's Des Buckingham, entered the fray on Monday afternoon, with bookmakers placing the 39-year-old as the new favourite for the job. But the goalposts appear to have shifted.

Bellamy narrowly missed out on the top position when Chris Coleman left his post in 2018, with Ryan Giggs eventually appointed.

If he is confirmed as Wales' new man at the helm, his first game will be a Nations League tie against Turkey on September 6, followed by a trip to Montenegro on September 9.