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Who's in the running as Wales' next manager?

Wales are looking for a new manager after Chris Coleman resigned in order to take the vacant job at Sunderland.

Coleman is a hard act to follow after guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, although the Dragons did miss out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.

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RYAN GIGGS The former Wales captain is still waiting for his first permanent role in management after a brief four-game spell as caretaker Manchester United manager at the end of the 2013-14 season. He spent the following two seasons at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal's number two, but the 43-year-old cut his ties with United when Jose Mourinho succeeded the sacked Van Gaal in the summer of 2016. He won 64 caps in a 16-year Wales career, but his appointment would not be popular with some hardcore fans who criticised him for failing to turn up for international duty.

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OSIAN ROBERTS Coleman's trusted assistant has been described "the most influential man in Welsh football." Anglesey-born Roberts has combined his position with the role of technical director at the Football Association of Wales. The Welsh speaker has coached different Wales age-grade teams and been credited with developing a golden era of young Welsh talent. Roberts provided the continuity in the coaching set-up following the tragic death of Coleman's predecessor Gary Speed - and has many admirers within the FAW. But how would he cope with the spotlight of being the main man?

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TONY PULIS The West Brom manager is a fiercely proud Welshman but he has already distanced himself from the national job. Newport-born Pulis has an impressive CV at Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom - and his record as an underdog who loves to defy the odds would sit well with the Welsh psyche. Pulis is currently under intense pressure at West Brom after an awful series of results.

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THIERRY HENRY The former Arsenal and France striker would not appear to be the most obvious appointment on the surface. But Henry gained his coaching badges in Wales and is said to have a real affinity with the country. Henry has no managerial experience and has spent most of his time since his time since hanging up his illustrious boots working as a pundit in television studios. But Henry has cut his coaching teeth assisting Belgium boss Roberto Martinez - the Red Devils scoring a record 43 goals to reach the World Cup finals in Russia next summer. Wales have not had a non-Welsh manager this century, but Henry would certainly supply some va va voom.

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SAM ALLARDYCE The former England manager has been linked with several jobs since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, most recently the Everton vacancy. But it is understood Allardyce would prefer a return to the international scene after his brief spell at England was cut short in controversial circumstances. Allardyce has already been linked to the Scotland and the United States jobs and might well find the Wales post appealing given the materials he has to work with.

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CRAIG BELLAMY Bellamy is a folk hero among Wales supporters due to the fact that he gave everything during his 78-cap career. The former striker turned up for his country when others did not during some dark days. But he was always a combustible figure in the dressing room and that might count against when the FAW study potential candidates. He began his coaching career at his hometown club Cardiff, where he has overseen a restructure of the club's youth system. Bellamy has made a favourable impression with the Bluebirds and, as he has shown during his appearances as a pundit, he is a shrewd thinker on the game.

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