John Toshack: 'I'm not finished with football'

John Toshack claims he is not yet finished in football management despite an inglorious end to his tenure as Wales boss.

The 61-year-old yesterday ended his six-year reign in charge of his country after reaching a mutual agreement with the Football Association of Wales.



Toshack oversaw 21 wins in 53 internationals during what was his second spell at the helm but none were against major nations.



He failed to end Wales' long wait for a place in the finals of a major tournament - which now runs to 52 years - and his handling of senior players during his tenure attracted criticism.



Pressure increased after defeat in last Friday's opening Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro and it came as no surprise when it was announced his employment with the FAW had been terminated yesterday. That was a body blow for a vastly experienced coach who has had two spells in charge at Real Madrid, three at Real Sociedad and worked at six other clubs on the continent.



But Toshack, who creditably spoke for nearly 50 minutes at a press conference, is not giving up just yet.



He said: "I don't see anything happening in the immediate future - there are still a few things to be sorted out - but, if the past is anything to go on, in the new year I may be somewhere else.



"This is not a new position - I have had highs and lows before.



"I have done these conferences in three or four different languages before so this one is easier in that respect."



Toshack's departure was officially termed as mutual agreement but he said he had wanted to continue for next month's qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.



That was ruled out but the FAW have not decided whether they want to appoint a caretaker manager to oversee those games or bring in a full-time boss immediately.



Wales do not play again after their October double-header until England visit in March.



Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was installed as an early favourite for the job but soon ruled himself out. Stoke manager Tony Pulis also said he had no interest.



Other names in the frame could be former Fulham and Coventry manager Chris Coleman and current Under-21 boss Brian Flynn.



Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has also been linked with the post, as has another former international in John Hartson.



Non-Welsh candidates could include former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and ex-Hull boss Phil Brown.



Whoever takes over, Toshack believes they will still have a good chance of leading them to European Championship qualification.



Toshack said: "The group is far from settled. I would like to see the players go out and perform like they have never performed before and the crowd get behind them.



"I hope whoever comes in gets off to a good start.



"I still feel the team is capable of getting positive results."

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

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory