WELSH football head Jonathan Ford will face a disciplinary commission for saying the country’s next national team coach should “definitely” not be English.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is searching for a successor to Chris Coleman, who left last month to coach Sunderland after the country failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Discussing the hiring process, the FAW chief executive told the BBC: “We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there. Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly but definitely not English.”
The interview prompted the FAW council to set up a three-man disciplinary commission to look into whether Ford’s comments were discriminatory.
Former Wales players Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, John Hartson and Coleman’s former assistant Osian Roberts have all expressed interest in the job.
Wales’s last four managers have all been Welsh — Mark Hughes, John Toshack, Gary Speed and Coleman.
The last non-Welshman to manage Wales was Englishman Bobby Gould, who had an unsuccessful spell in charge between 1995 and 1999.