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Toshack to quit Welsh job tomorrow

John Toshack is set to announce his decision to step down after nearly six years as Wales manager at a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

The 61-year-old will appear before the media alongside Football Association of Wales president Phil Pritchard and chief executive Jonathan Ford.

Speculation about Toshack's future began after Friday's 1-0 defeat by Montenegro in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier, and the former Real Madrid boss is understood to feel he has taken the side as far as he can.

Toshack, who took over from Mark Hughes in November 2004, was at FAW headquarters in Cardiff on Monday and the only question now appears to be whether he will leave the post before or after the double-header against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.

Ryan Giggs is the early favourite with bookmakers to replace Toshack, but it is thought unlikely the Manchester United winger would want to take on the role while he is still playing.


In an interview earlier this summer, the 36-year-old revealed he had thought about the possibility, citing the example of Hughes, who became manager in 1999 when he was still playing in the Premier League.

"If you go into management, the big job is to be in charge of your country," Giggs said. "At the moment it is difficult, because I still have commitments as a player but I always use the Sparky (Hughes) situation."

Former Wales internationals Chris Coleman and Mark Bowen are among other names being mentioned along with U21s coach Brian Flynn.

The 54-year-old has won plaudits for his work with the Welsh youngsters and he would be available for next month's matches after the U21s failed to reach the Euro Championships.

Ex-Wales striker John Hartson, meanwhile, has already thrown his hat into the ring despite having no managerial experience.