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Burnley eye Wales interim boss Robert Page for manager role while Dragons stars back him for World Cup if they qualify

ROBERT PAGE has the backing of Wales’ senior players to lead them at the 2022 World Cup if they qualify.

And Sunsport understands the Dragons interim boss has admirers at managerless Premier League outfit Burnley following his success at international level.

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Robert Page has the backing of Wales stars to lead them to the World CupCredit: PA

Page has lost just four of his 21 matches in charge of Wales since he took over from Ryan Giggs.

Page’s impressive record since Giggs’ arrest in November 2020 has already won the support of ex-players such as John Hartson.

The former striker revealed last month that the 41-cap defender should be given the job full-time if they reach Qatar – regardless of the outcome from Giggs’ court case.

On top of that, the majority of Wales fans, known as the ‘Red Wall’, also want Page to remain in charge.

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Now Page has supporters within the playing squad who have been happy with the way he has led the team over the last 18 months.

Page was in charge when Wales reached the knockout stages at Euro 2020, won promotion to the top of the Nations League which starts this summer as well as reaching the World Cup play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine.

After Gareth Bale’s heroics to beat Austria 2-1 in March’s semi-final, the June 5 clash in Cardiff means Wales and Page are just one match away from making history and booking a first World Cup appearance in 64 years.

Despite all the positivity on the pitch, ex-Watford and Sheffield United centre-back Page remains on a match by match contract with the Football Association of Wales.

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And the 47-year-old has yet to be offered any extension by Welsh football chiefs.

That has alerted Burnley, who have not replaced Sean Dyche since he was sacked last week.

Mike Jackson has taken temporary charge, collecting four points from his first two games at the helm, including Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Southampton.

After the Turf Moor victory, Jackson stated he was not thinking about taking on the job permanently and did not know how long he will remain in a caretaker capacity while Burnley are still searching for a new boss.

Giggs, who denies all the allegations ahead of his scheduled trial – which is due to start on August 8 – in Manchester, is still under contract until the end of Wales’ World Cup campaign.

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