Flynn's last chance to secure job earns Vaughan backing

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Midfielder David Vaughan believes Wales would have a bright future under Brian Flynn, if the players can secure the manager's job for him this week. Wales face Switzerland in Basle tomorrow in the second and final match of Flynn's spell as caretaker manager, needing to win to retain any realistic hope of qualifying for Euro 2012.

After a 1-0 defeat in his first match in charge against Bulgaria on Friday in Cardiff, Flynn now has just one last chance – on his 55th birthday – to impress and revive Wales' interest in Group G. Vaughan said: "We have just got to pick ourselves up for Tuesday. We have only had a few days' training with him [Flynn] but if he is around long term I think you will see the benefits in the performances. No one wants to let him down and hopefully he will get the job, regardless of the results, if we play well. Hopefully we can do the job for him."

Wales travel to Basle with a 22-man squad considerably different from that named initially by Flynn for the two games. Danny Gabbidon retired from international football, while Neal Eardley, Robert Earnshaw and Brian Stock all failed to report because of injury. Joe Allen and Ched Evans then pulled out after initial training, meaning Darcy Blake, Adam Matthews, Neil Taylor, Andrew Crofts and Ryan Doble joined the group.

Yesterday further changes were made: Joe Ledley was given leave to join his partner, who is expecting their first child; Hal Robson-Kanu was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury while Chris Gunter and Sam Ricketts are now suspended. Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins, Swansea midfielder Jazz Richards and Yeovil player Shaun MacDonald were added.

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