Flynn handed Wales caretaker role

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Brian Flynn has been confirmed as caretaker manager of Wales for the Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.

Flynn, currently the Under-21 boss and among the favourites to land the senior role on a permanent basis, takes temporary charge following John Toshack's departure from the post.

Toshack left the Wales set-up following the 1-0 defeat in Montenegro which opened their qualifying campaign.

Flynn, who as Wales Intermediate Teams Manager looks after the Under-21, 19 and 17 teams, will manage the senior side for the game against Bulgaria at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 8 and the encounter with Switzerland in Basle four days later.

His current Under-21 backroom staff of David Williams and Alan Curtis will assist him for the senior games, along with Paul Jones who will be goalkeeping coach for the two qualifiers.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: "The FAW is very pleased that Brian has agreed to assist us with these two matches whilst we give consideration to the full-time position. I hope that the Wales fans will come and support him and the team in the match at Cardiff on October 8th."

Flynn added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with John Toshack in the Wales set-up and feel that we have made great strides to establishing a side for the future.

"I would like to pay tribute to the work that John has done and the faith that he has shown in me and my judgement."

The 61-year-old Toshack came in for fierce criticism, with Derby midfielder Robbie Savage leading the calls for him to go, after Wales lost in Podgorica on September 3.

He announced he was leaving the post six days later at a press conference called by the FAW.

At the press conference Toshack said: "I spoke to the president about reviewing it after the first few games but it is generally felt a change would be in the best interests of everyone."

Toshack, who had a brief spell in charge of Wales in 1994, had overseen 21 wins in 53 full-cap internationals since returning to the post six years ago.

Flynn has featured among the names linked with the post on a permanent basis along with Kenny Jackett, Ryan Giggs, Mark Bowen, Chris Coleman, Dean Saunders, Tony Pulis and John Hartson.

Jackett has ruled himself out of the running but Giggs has been put forward as a possible candidate by former Wales boss Mark Hughes, now in charge of Fulham.

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