Bellamy reveals Wales job desire

21 November 2017 06:02:34 EST

Craig Bellamy has confirmed that he would "always be interested" in the vacant Wales job but accepts there will be a lot of competition.

The 38-year-old former striker scored 19 goals in 78 appearances for Wales as a player and is the nation's fifth highest goalscorer.

Following his retirement from football in 2014, Bellamy has taken on a role in Cardiff City's youth set up while also working as a TV pundit.

I'm passionately Welsh, it's the pinnacle for me, and I'd definitely be interested in that job.

Craig Bellamy

And, when asked if he would like a chance to replace the outgoing Chris Coleman in the Wales hotseat, Bellamy told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football: "I'd always be interested in it, even now at this moment, of course I am. And looking further ahead I think I'd be interested in for the rest of my life. I'm passionately Welsh, it's the pinnacle for me, and I'd definitely be interested in that job.

"You're working with a group of players who are the most successful Welsh players in the history of Welsh football, getting to the semi-finals of a major competition.

"The group of players are there, the balance of the team, young players coming through, you need someone who has been involved in the set up for a number of years so you know who is coming through, which I do!

He added: "It's a good position. I'm sure there will be plenty of people interested in it, and rightly so, due to what the Welsh FA have in place at this moment and the group of players you have to work with."

Bellamy's inexperience could work against him and Tony Pulis now appears to be one of the favourites to take over the role following his sacking at West Brom on Monday, while former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has also been heavily linked.

The task of the next manager will be to ensure Wales qualify for Euro 2020 and the side are 40/1 to win the tournament, while France are priced at 4/1 and reigning champions Portugal are available at 10/1.

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