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Saturday 17 March 2018

Toshack forced to walk plank

Matt Gatward

John Toshack yesterday reluctantly stood down as Wales manager after telling his bosses he was willing to continue in the post.

The official line is that the 61-year-old has had his employment with the Football Association of Wales terminated by mutual consent, but Toshack wanted to remain in the job for the next two Euro 2012 qualification matches before reviewing the situation.

His position had been the subject of considerable speculation since Wales were beaten in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier by Montenegro last Friday.

Reports appeared over the weekend claiming that Toshack was poised to resign, a situation that annoyed the manager.

He had a meeting with the FAW on Monday, but by then he knew his position was untenable.

Toshack wanted to carry on, at least until after next month's games against Bulgaria and Switzerland, if only to shoulder the blame for any more failures.

"It might not sound a very positive thing to say, but if results were to go against Wales I would have preferred that to happen with me still in charge," he said.

"I think that would have been better for everybody.

"If we hadn't got them, the scapegoat would have been quite easy, I would have accepted that. I was prepared to carry on for these next two matches until the situation was reviewed."

Wales do not play again after October until their home clash with Group G favourites England in March.

"If any decision needed to be made it could have been made in that five-month gap," added Toshack, who oversaw 21 wins in 53 internationals.

An early favourite to succeed Toshack, Millwall manager Kenny Jacket, yesterday ruled himself out of the running for the job. (© Independent News Service)

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