Wales want Craig Bellamy as next boss

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HITC Sport understands that Chris Coleman could be set for return to club management, with Swansea City interested.

The Football Association of Wales already has a succession plan in place, should Chris Coleman depart as their boss this summer and Craig Bellamy is the man they have lined up.

Coleman's current deal is due to expire this summer and although talks are underway over fresh terms, he is considering his options and would jump at the chance of a Premier League move.

It is understood that Swansea City are one of those looking at him, as they consider successors to Italian Francesco Guidolin - who is expected to depart the club this summer after successfully helping them avoid relegation.

Former boss Brendan Rodgers and Ryan Giggs are also on Swansea chief Hugh Jenkins' radar but Coleman is a big draw - given he is from the city and is close with club captain Ashley Williams.

The FAW are well aware of Swansea's interest, amongst others including Everton, but they have long been targeting Bellamy - who has been worked hard behind the scenes on building up his coaching experience.

Bellamy is working with the FAW with their junior squads as well as with his hometown club Cardiff, and having retired from playing two years ago he is now believed to be keen on taking up his first managerial role this summer, and the Wales job could be seen as ideal.

Wales have few qualms about handing their job to an inexperienced boss, they did so with Mark Hughes and the late Gary Speed - of whom Bellamy was very close to and has confirmed he would like to follow in his foot-steps.

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