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Ian Rush says he is capable of doing Wales job

Ian Rush scored 28 goals in 73 games for Wales
Ian Rush scored 28 goals in 73 games for Wales

Ian Rush insists he has the capability to be Wales' new manager.

Rush is understood to be a leading contender to replace John Toshack - despite a managerial career limited to just nine months in charge of Chester.

But the Wales and Liverpool legend, confirming his interest in the post, told the BBC's Sport Wales programme he has the right attributes for the job.

"It would be difficult to say no... I've got my coaching badges and I know for a fact I could do it," Rush said.

The Football Association of Wales are drawing up a shortlist of candidates for the manager's job before a six-man panel makes a decision on who should replace Toshack, who stood down in September.

They hope to appoint a new manager before Christmas.

And Rush has joined Brian Flynn, John Hartson, Chris Coleman and Lawrie Sanchez in publicly declaring his interest in the job.

If the FAW are looking for a high-profile figure to take over, 49-year-old Rush would fit the bill.

He remains a national hero in Wales - the nation's all-time record goal scorer with 28 goals in 73 matches - as well as a legend on Merseyside for a glittering top-level career with Liverpool.

Yet his CV since he retired as a player in 2000 hardly compares with experienced candidates like Flynn or Coleman.

After an unsuccessful spell managing Chester that ended in 2005, Rush took on the role of elite performance director with the Welsh Football Trust, helping to develop the next generation of players. He also works as Liverpool's soccer schools ambassador.

But Rush insisted: "I would be equipped to do the (Wales) job. I've got my coaching badges and I know for a fact I could do it. The only thing lacking is experience.

"I'm an experienced traveller. I've educated myself in different cultures, different soccer schools across the world. I know what's going on.

"I've got to weigh things up. It might be irrelevant anyway - you've got to wait and see what the Welsh FA decide to do."

Rush refused to say whether he has applied for the post - insisting he had been concentrating on his work for a new campaign called Level Playing Field aimed at raising £10m to support grassroots football in Wales.

Like some other potential candidates, Rush suggested the onus would be on the FAW to contact him.

"It would be difficult to say no," said Rush when asked if he wanted to become Wales' next manager.

"It's a big job, but if I can help Wales in any way, I'd be interested in helping them.

"I haven't been asked the question. I don't know if I will be asked.

"It's down to the Welsh FA to look at all the applicants. I'm sure they will have a shortlist. Am I on the list? I wouldn't have a clue!

"I've been speaking to a lot of managers about this (for advice) They're people who are very well experienced...I'll take all their judgements on board and then see what happens."

Watch the full interview on Sport Wales on Friday, 12 November, BBC TWO Wales from 1900 GMT.

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