FAW rules out appointing English manager to replace Chris Coleman
Last Updated: 06/12/17 4:03pm
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has ruled out appointing an Englishman to replace Chris Coleman as manager of the national team.
Coleman stepped down from the role last month to take over at Sunderland after failing to lead his countrymen to next year's World Cup in Russia.
"We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there," FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford was quoted as saying by local media.
"Somebody said this earlier; Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly, but definitely not English."
The last six Wales managers, including caretakers, have been Welsh, with Englishman Bobby Gould between 1995-99 being the last non-Welshman to manage the national team.
Ford said the FAW hopes to appoint Coleman's successor before the draw for the new UEFA Nations League on January 24.
"We have a little bit of time and we will be going through that process, a diligent process, to select our new manager, maybe towards the end of this year or the start of next year," Ford added.
"We have the draw for the European Nations League at the end of January so it would be lovely to take a new manager across to that draw, so that gives you the first sort of deadline we are working to."
Coleman's assistant Osian Roberts and former Wales strikers Craig Bellamy and John Hartson have expressed interest in the job. Another Welshman, Tony Pulis has been linked with the role after he was sacked by West Bromwich Albion last month.
"Understandably a lot of people have expressed interest. These kinds of jobs advertise themselves," Ford said.
"But I also have to go and see the relevant people. It's a two-way street - people will assess us as much as we assess them and I would expect any prospective candidate to understand the system we have in place."
Wales next play in the China Cup at the end of March in a four-team tournament with the hosts, Czech Republic and Uruguay.