Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Ryan Giggs lined up for the Welsh job as John Toshack walks out

John Toshack is to quit as Welsh boss after six years in the job

Welsh international manager John Toshack has decided to call it a day following Friday night's disappointing 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat in Montenegro.

Toshack is expected to remain in charge for Wales' next two matches, the October qualifiers with Bulgaria in Cardiff and Switzerland in Basle.

But if his FA of Wales bosses can find a new manager by then, Toshack will go with immediate effect.

Toshack is ready to recommend Wales and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as his successor.

Giggs is on record as saying he would like to become Wales manager one day, but would have to be tempted away from his reported £90,000 a week Manchester United contract.

Sources close to Toshack say he believes he has taken Wales as far as he can and has become increasingly frustrated by a number of issues surrounding the team.

Former Welsh star Robbie Savage called for Toshack’s sacking at the weekend. There is no love lost between the manager and the combative midfielder, who infamously quit international football after a row with the former Real Madrid boss five years ago.

The 35-year-old said: “It is time John Toshack left Wales.

“I think we need a fresh start, fresh impetus.

“We need to get the crowds back and I think Toshack has to go.

“He has made enough excuses, he has been in the job six years.

“Judge him on his qualifying campaigns — they haven't qualified yet and they have got off to a terrible start again.

“Toshack has to go.”

After a glittering playing career with Liverpool, Toshack kicked-off a 33 year managerial career when became player-manager for fourth-division side Swansea and by 1979 had guided them to the old first division.

After that, Cardiff-born Toshack coached Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, Turkish side Besiktas, French club St Etienne, Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon and Catania of Italy.

He walked out on Wales in 1994 after just one game in charge when he realised the extent of support that existed for the man he had replaced, Terry Yorath.

When Toshack took the national job again 10 years later on a five year-deal, Toshack warned it would take longer than that to rebuild the team, and he signed a two-year extension in 2009.

He suffered a host of high-profile international retirements such as Gary Speed, Mark Pembridge and Andy Melville before John Hartson, Mark Delaney and Ryan Giggs stepped down from Wales duty.

But he has overseen the development of highly rated Wales youngsters like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley, Ched Evans and Jack Collison.

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