Former Port Vale boss Rob Page appointed as Wales under-21 manager

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Former Port Vale manager Rob Page has been appointed as the new manager of Wales’ under-21s, according to the Football Association of Wales.

Page, who played for Wales himself, will take charge of the youth setup for the national side with immediate effect and will look after the under-21s, as well as the under-19s and under-17s.

The 42-year-old’s first competitive game in charge of the set up will come in September when the most senior of his sides will be taking part in the UEFA Euro Qualifying stages.

The former centre half earned over 500 appearances throughout his 18 year playing career with spells at several clubs, including Watford, Sheffield United and Cardiff City.

Whilst managing, Page took charge of the Valiants back in September 2014, when they were in 23rd position in Sky Bet League One and pulled them up to 18th position that season.

The former Welsh international then managed a mid-table finish in the next season before having a disagreement with the club, which led to him leaving for Northampton Town.

His term at the Cobblers was short lived as he parted ways with the side after just five months, which led to him moving to a coaching role at Nottingham Forest.

A statement from Forest said: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that first-team coach Rob Page has left the club to become manager of the Wales Under 21 side.

“Page joined the club in January to assist with the coaching of the first team and now takes on the role with Wales, a country he represented 41 times as a player, and will also be in charge of the Under 19s and Under 17s.

“Nottingham Forest would like to thank Rob for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him well for the future.”

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