Craig Bellamy Takes Over as Wales Manager following appointment by the FA

Craig Bellamy Takes Over as Wales Manager following appointment by the FA

After an extensive recruitment process, Craig Bellamy has been named as the new head coach of the Welsh men’s national football team. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) identified Bellamy as their top choice, despite speaking to high-profile candidates such as Thierry Henry and Willy Sagnol.

Dr. David Adams, the FAW’s Chief football officer, expressed confidence in Bellamy’s ability to deliver success for Welsh football. Bellamy, who narrowly missed out on the job to Ryan Giggs in 2018, impressed during discussions and will now lead the team in qualification for the 2026 World Cup.

Bellamy, who retired from international football in 2013, has been making his mark in coaching, starting with Cardiff City’s academy and later serving as an assistant manager at Anderlecht and Burnley. He stood in for Vincent Kompany at Burnley and now has the opportunity to guide Wales to glory.

His first test as Wales manager will be a Nations League game against Turkey on 6 September, followed by a trip to Montenegro on 9 September. Bellamy’s return to Wales, where he ended his playing career with Cardiff City, has sparked excitement among fans as they look forward to a new era under his leadership.

With his experience both on and off the field, Bellamy’s appointment signals a new chapter for Welsh football, with high hopes for success in the upcoming tournaments. Fans and players alike will be eager to see how Bellamy’s vision and coaching style will shape the team’s future.