Ex-Hammer lands international appointment

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 9th July 2024

Craig Bellamy is the latest former West Ham player to take up a managerial role - as the new manager of the Welsh men's national team.

Bellamy, 44, succeeds Rob Page who was recently fired from the post in the wake of Wales' failure to qualify for this summers European Championships.

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And the former striker, who has signed a four-year contract taking him through to the next Euros, admits the announcement was an "incredible honour".

"To be given the opportunity to lead my country is the proudest moment of my career," Bellamy, who until as recently as last month was working as Burnley's acting Head Coach, said.

"It was always my ultimate dream to become the Welsh Head Coach and I am ready for the challenge.

"I will give my full commitment to develop this team and I am passionate to bring continued success into Welsh football. I can’t wait to get started with our Nations League games in September."

Bellamy, a hugely popular figure during his brief stint at West Ham made a £7.5million move to east London from Liverpool in July 2007.

He made just 24 appearances in an injury-affected, 18-month spell at the club before moving to Manchester City in January 2009 for a fee in the region of £14million.

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