Giggs in race for Wales' £300000-a-year job

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

The FAW hopes to announce its new manager in the next week, before the UEFA Nations League draw takes place in Switzerland on January 24.

Manchester United legend and Welshman Ryan Giggs has reportedly been interviewed for his country's job, possibly starting his career in management on the global stage.

Giggs, who played for Wales 64 times, has made no secret of his desire to succeed Chris Coleman as national team coach, which he described a year ago as his ideal job.

Craig Bellamy has also been in contention for the post but it is unclear whether the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker would be willing to work with Osian Roberts, Coleman's assistant, and that may count against him.

But he would not be a popular appointment with some Wales fans, who questioned his commitment during his 16-year worldwide playing career.

His coaching experience came at former club Manchester United, where he was assistant to Louis Van Gaal for two years before leaving when Jose Mourinho took over.

The 44-year-old worked under David Moyes at United before taking charge of four games on an interim basis after the Scot's sacking.

Giggs lost out on the Swansea job to Bob Bradley after being interviewed for the manager's role at the Liberty Stadium in October 2016.

Cardiff-born Bellamy won 78 caps - the country's fourth most-capped player - and few could match his passion in a Wales shirt.

The former Newcastle, Liverpool and Blackburn forward is now an academy coach at Cardiff City, where he ended his playing career in 2014. "I've played for Wales and I've said that I want to go back into coaching".

Roberts was at Coleman's side as Wales reached the semi-final of Euro 2016 in France - the country's best performance at a major tournament.

Newport-born Tony Pulis was also among the initial contenders to succeed Coleman, but he ruled himself out of the running when he became Middlesbrough manager last month.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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