Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy in frame for Wales manager job

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Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy are both names being considered by Wales to succeed Rob Page in the manager's post, according to reports.

Page had been at the helm for three-and-a-half years, and led Wales to a first World Cup for 64 years, and also oversaw a run to the last 16 of Euro 2020. However, a poor Euro 2024 qualification campaign saw Page come under insurmountable pressure over the last few months, and the miserable friendly displays against Gibraltar and Slovakia saw him feel the ire of supporters, many of whom urged the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to take action.

FAW bosses held talks shortly after the last international break and it was decided that change was needed.

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It means Wales are on the lookout for their next manager to lead them into the next Nations League campaign, which begins in September with a home tie against Turkey before an away trip to Montenegro.

And, according to The Times, two former Wales wingers in the form of Giggs and Bellamy are in the frame. Both were interviewed last time, with Manchester United legend Giggs beating ex-Manchester City and Liverpool man Bellamy to the post.

Giggs, of course, spent two years in charge of the national team, but was removed from his post — first temporarily and then permanently, being replaced by Page — when he was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault against his former partner and her sister in November 2020. He was later acquitted of those charges.

He has most recently come back into the game in a director of football capacity at League Two club Salford City, whom he part-owns alongside his former Manchester United team-mates.

Bellamy, meanwhile, is also in consideration for the vacant Burnley manager's post. The former Cardiff City attacker was Vincent Kompany's assistant at Turf Moor before he landed the Bayern Munich job following the Clarets' relegation from the Premier League last season.

Bellamy is currently the caretaker manager of Burnley while they look for a permanent successor to Kompany to lead them in the Championship next season.

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There are other names who have been linked with the job, too, including Osian Roberts, Chris Coleman's former assistant with the national team, who most recently steered Como to Serie A alongside Cesc Fabregas. He was also Patrick Vieira's assistant at Crystal Palace.

Mark Hughes, another former Wales manager, has seen his name mentioned in dispatches. He was most recently sacked by League Two Bradford City, however. While Eric Ramsay, the former Manchester United and Wales assistant coach who has recently taken his first head coach job in the MLS with Minnesota United, is another name in the frame.