The chief executive of the Football Association of Wales has apologised for saying the next Wales manager will "definitely not" be English.
Jonathan Ford's apology was conveyed by the Welsh governing body today (December 14).
On Tuesday it was announced that Ford, who is due to head up the process of finding a successor to Chris Coleman, would face a disciplinary commission hearing over the comment.
“We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there,” Ford told BBC Wales.
“Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly, but definitely not English.”
The FAW council met in Cardiff on Tuesday and voted for Ford’s comment to be explored further, with a three-man disciplinary commission set up. The FAW is a strong supporter of the Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign and some members of the 34-strong council feel Ford’s remark could be viewed as potential racism by outsiders.
Coleman stepped down following Wales' failure to qualify for next year's World Cup, following an excellent six-year tenure which saw Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
Ford and a six-man panel hoped his successor would be named before the draw for the new Uefa Nations League in Switzerland on 24 January. But with no date over Ford’s disciplinary commission yet scheduled, those hopes could now be derailed.
Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, John Hartson and Coleman’s former assistant, Osian Roberts, have all expressed interest in the job. Tony Pulis, the former West Brom manager who was born in Newport, has also been linked with the post.