Ian Rush appointed Wales manager following Coleman's shock departure
All smiles: Welshman Ian Rush can't hide his delight at being named as Chris Coleman's successor.
The head of the Welsh FA, Jonathan Ford has announced that the nation's all time top goal scorer Ian Rush has been instated into the Welsh senior team's recently vacant managerial position following Chris Coleman's surprise departure earlier this week.
The former Fulham and Coventry boss took over from the late Gary Speed as head coach of the senior team back in 2012 but any hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014 were ended by Croatia. His resignation comes as he declares his intent to get back into club management. He thanked the FA and the people of Wales for the opportunity to manage his home nation, who he made 36 appearances for over a ten year period.
Ian Rush comes in with little managerial experience to his name but hopes that his reputation will inspire the players to great things. "The only professional experience I've had in football management was a very short stint with Chester but I consider myself to have excellent tactical awareness. I'm saying this as modestly as possible, because I do pride myself on my modesty, but a lot of the current squad will know that I was a good player in my day - both for Liverpool and Wales. I'm hoping that a lot of the lads will be inspired by someone like myself with top level experience to my name.
We've got some great players here, obviously Gareth [Bale] being the most obvious talent, but the whole squad is of a good level and if we perform to a high standard, there's no reason we can't be successful. Chris came close to qualification, and did a great job. But I'm aiming higher."
Rush's first test will be a friendly against Romania, who have recently appointed Welshman Mark Hughes as their manager. Rush will have to work his way around a serious injury to striker Sam Vokes, who is expected to be out for at least four months with problems with his cruciate ligaments.