Bellamy Not Ruled Out as Wales close on Shortlist

Wales are narrowing their options in the hunt for a new manager - with Craig Bellamy still a contender to replace Rob Page.

Bellamy is currently part of the coaching set-up at Burnley, with new Clarets boss Scott Parker keen to work with the 44-year-old former Wales captain.

But Bellamy is thought to be still among the names being seriously considered by Welsh football’s governing body for a shortlist of possible managers.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has met with several potential candidates during the two weeks since Page’s departure.

Bellamy, capped 78 times, is believed to have spoken with officials while Thierry Henry and Georgia boss Willy Sagnol are also being considered, but ex-Wales boss Ryan Giggs is not. 

Oxford United manager Des Buckingham has also emerged as a surprise contender.

The 39-year-old recently led Oxford to the Championship having had international experience during an impressive stint with New Zealand's age-grade sides, overseeing qualification for the Under-20 World Cup and Olympics. 

A former Oxford youth-team player who got his coaching break during Chris Wilder's time at the club, Buckingham also served as assistant manager at A-League side Melbourne City.