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Craig Bellamy declares interest in Wales job

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Craig Bellamy has declared his interest in becoming the next Wales manager.

Bellamy is among the favourites to succeed Chris Coleman, who resigned his position last Friday to take over at Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sunderland.

The 38-year-old former striker - the fourth most-capped player in Welsh football history - is currently working within the youth set-up at his hometown club Cardiff.

I'd always be interested in that job. Even now at this present moment, of course I am. Looking further ahead, I'd be interested in it for the rest of my life. I'm passionately Welsh, it's the pinnacle for me.

You are working with a group of players that are the most successful in the history of Welsh football in getting to the semi-final of a major competition (Euro 2016).

– Craig Bellamy on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football

Bellamy won 78 Wales caps during an international career which stretched from 1998 to 2013.

He played under Coleman and with most of the players who qualified for Wales' first major tournament for 58 years and then reached the last four in France.

You need someone who's been involved in the set-up from a young age so he knows which players are coming through, which I do.

But at the same time it's a good position. So there will be plenty of people interested in it and rightly so.

– Craig Bellamy

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