Flynn faces short reign after Wales suffer defeat

Wales 0 Bulgaria 1

Six years ago John Toshack, the man Brian Flynn replaced in the Wales hot-seat, began his managerial reign with a comfortable victory over a side led by Lothar Matthäus.

The former Germany captain was not so accommodating to Toshack's stand-in replacement night. Craig Bellamy's double at the Millennium Stadium marked that first match in charge. There was no Bellamy, deemed unfit despite returning after a month lay-off last week, to rescue Wales here.

There was also no new man to save Wales in an all too familiar miserable outcome. If the rows of empty seats at the Cardiff City Stadium didn't tell its own story, Wales have seen their Euro 2012 campaign all but ended just two games into the latest qualifiers.

Along with Wales' chances, Brian Flynn's prospects of landing the full time job he so craves may have taken a nosedive following Ivelin Popov's second-half winner for Bulgaria.

"It was a painful and disappointing result, but I've learned so many lessons. I have found things out in the heat of the battle but the chances of qualifying are very doubtful. My plan was to get six points [from here and Switzerland]. Personally, I think it has dented my chances of getting the job full-time."

This was billed as a whole new era for Wales. A "licence to thrill" was the pre-match soundbite reverberating around the Wales camp ahead of Flynn's two-game trial. But once Chris Gunter failed to hand Wales an early lead, the writing was on the wall between two struggling nations.

Scoring goals was a problem under Toshack and it seemed to have caught on under Flynn. Gareth Bale and Steve Morrison had chances to have given the disjointed hosts a first-half advantage, before Popov found room to fire home the 48th-minute winner.

Wales huffed and puffed as they threw men forward, but after substitute Hal Robson-Kanu wasted a late chance, Gunter's night went from bad to worse when he was sent off for tripping Dimitar Rangelov as he bore down on goal in added time. "We have to start again now," added Flynn. "But I have faith in my players."

Wales (3-5-2): Hennessey, Gunter, Danny Collins, James Collins, Ricketts, Ledley (King, 59), Edwards (Church, 69), Williams, Bale, Vaughan, Morison (Robson-Kanu, 82). Substitutes not used Myhill (gk), Blake, Ribeiro, Crofts.

Bulgaria (4-4-2): Mihailov, Zanev, Iliev (Vidanov, 37), Bodurov, Ivanov, Peev (Rangelov, 72), Georgiev, S Petrov, M Petrov, Makriev, Popov. Substitutes not used Stoyanov (gk), Angelov, Yankov, Domovchiyski, Dimitrov.

Referee J Eriksson (Sweden).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests