Craig Bellamy has left Burnley after two years at Turf Moor to take charge of the Welsh national team.

Bellamy served as Vincent Kompany’s assistant over the past couple of seasons as the Clarets clinched the Championship title and then suffered relegation from the Premier League.

There had been doubts over his Burnley future since Kompany’s move to Bayern Munich and he emerged as one of the favourites for the Wales role after Rob Page was sacked.

Bellamy told the club website: “From the first moment I walked into the training ground at Burnley, I knew it was the right club for me and have loved every moment since.

"The relationships I have with Alan (Pace), JJ (Watt) and all the people at the club, in every department, made my time at Burnley special and leaving a truly difficult decision.

"But the chance to be the manager, of Wales, my country, has always been a dream that has never left me and a chance I just couldn’t turn down.

"I wish Scotty (Parker) all the very best. He’s a good person and a close friend, and the club is in great hands.

"To all the Burnley fans that made me feel so welcome – thank you and I’ll see you again soon!"

Chairman Pace hailed Bellamy's contributions at Turf Moor over the past couple of seasons.

He added: “I want to thank Craig for all his hard work during his time at Burnley and wish him the best for his new position as Wales manager.

“Craig has been a very important part of our wonderful journey the last two years. I’ve admired his leadership, knowledge and passion.

“I am certain that he will continue to find success in his new role, and I wish him the very best of luck.”

The 44-year-old won 78 caps for Wales during his playing career and will be in the dugout for the first time against Turkey in the Nations League on September 6.

“It’s an incredible honour for me to be given the opportunity to lead my country and it’s the proudest moment of my career," he said.

"It was always my ultimate dream to become the Cymru head coach and I am ready for the challenge.

“I will give my full commitment to develop this team and I am passionate to bring continued success into Welsh football. I can’t wait to get started with our Nations League games in September.”