Next Wales Manager Odds: Who Could Replace Robert Page?

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Wales missed out on Euro 2024 in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable, and the best betting sites opened a market on who might succeed Rob Page.

However, it wasn't to be as the 49-year-old was backed by the FAW in March 2024, when they released a statement stating: "The FAW can confirm Rob Page is their manager for the forthcoming campaign in accordance with his contract." 

But a recent 0-0 draw with minnows Gibraltar and a 4-0 defeat to Slovakia has piled the pressure on the former Sheffield United defender.

Who could succeed Page if he does indeed part ways with the national team? Check out some of the contenders below.

Next Permanent Wales Manager

CandidateOdds
Probability
Steve Cooper6/4
40%
Craig Bellamy2/1
33.3%
Osian Roberts5/2
28.6%
Chris Coleman4/1
20%
Rob Edwards9/2
18.2%
Mark Hughes5/1
16.7%
Tony Pulis6/1
14.3%
Nathan Jones7/1
12.5%
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer8/1
11.1%
Ryan Giggs10/1
9.1%

Cooper and Bellamy Lead The Market

Steve Cooper has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest last year and he could be tempted by the opportunity to lead his country. 

Cooper has experience of coaching at international level, having previously been in charge of the England Under-16s and Under-17s, with whom he won the World Cup in 2017.

Yet having only had two club jobs since then, Cooper might feel it is too early for him to join a senior national team. 

He would perhaps, prefer another role in the Premier League, but Cooper is the 6/4 favourite on football betting sites to replace Page.

Craig Bellamy was working with Vincent Kompany at Burnley before the Belgian made the move to Bayern Munich last month.

The Welshman appears to be staying put in England for a crack at being a head coach himself, and he can be backed at 2/1 for his first role to be with the Wales national team.

Roberts Or Coleman Could Be Set For Welsh Return

Osian Roberts was the Wales assistant coach between 2015 and 2019 and currently finds himself as the caretaker manager of Italian side Como.

He led the club to promotion to the Serie A for the first time in 21 years after finishing runners-up in Serie B.

Although he has limited experience as a head coach, his impressive spell at Como has resulted in the 58-year-old emerging as a 5/2 shot to be at the helm of Wales next. 

The man who took Roberts into the Wales dressing room was none other than Chris Coleman, who is 4/1 to return to the role he held for five years. 

Coleman has managed in China and Greece in recent times, but he would no doubt consider the chance to manage Wales again. The question is whether the Football Association would see his re-appointment as a step backwards.

Could Edwards Or Hughes Be On The Radar?

Rob Edwards is an interesting option at 9/2. The Luton Town manager is understandably preoccupied with his job at Kenilworth Road, as he sets his sights on an immediate return to the Premier League.

Edwards is expect to stay put ahead of the 2024/25 season, but the former Wales international could be tempted by an offer from his country now Luton will be playing in the Championship next term.

Mark Hughes (5/1) is a former Wales manager that is currently out of work. 

Hughes had five years in charge and almost secured qualification for a 16-team Euro 2004.

Hughes’ last job, curiously, was with League Two Bradford City. His stock has fallen over the last five years or so, but at one point he was a successful Premier League boss, and he has amassed huge experience in the dugout.

Next Wales Manager

Pulis And Jones Could Emerge As Contenders

Tony Pulis recently stated that he is not interested in a return to club management, but the proud Welshman would surely think about any offer to lead his country. 

However, Pulis’ style of play means he is unlikely to land the job as his 6/1 odds on betting apps suggest.

Nathan Jones is an outsider at 7/1. The Welshman showed at Luton Town that he can be an excellent coach in the right environment, but he memorably struggled in his biggest job yet at Southampton.

He was appointed as Charlton Athletic boss back in February and is unlikely to get the call given his lack of recent success.

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Solskjaer And Giggs Unlikely To Replace Page

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still out of work and awaiting his next opportunity, following his departure from Manchester United in 2021. 

He has experience of managing in Wales, but a brief stint with Cardiff City ended in their relegation from the Premier League. Solskjaer is available in this market at a best price of 8/1.

Ryan Giggs stepped down as Wales manager after he was arrested on assault charges. The Crown Prosecution Service ultimately withdrew their charges, but it is still hard to see Giggs returning to the job - hence odds of 10/1.

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