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Toshack safe in job - Ratcliffe

Aaron Ramsey (centre) is congratulated on his fist international goal
Aaron Ramsey (centre) is congratulated on his fist international goal

Ex-Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe says manager John Toshack will stay in the job after the 2-0 win in Liechtenstein.

"People behind the scenes know the problems John has had with injury and an inexperienced squad," he said.

"I'm sure John felt the pressure, but the result will have enhanced him staying in charge of the side.

"The big thing is, if John did leave who would come in and take the helm? John will have been happy with the result and the chances created."

Before the game 60-year-old Toshack admitted that Wales had gone backwards in the last year of his five in charge, having lost seven of their 10 games.

Ratcliffe hopes for a better future after a failed World Cup qualifying campaign beset by injury and player retirements.

"Jermaine Easter and David Vaughan have put their names back in the hat and given Toshack a nice selection problem," Ratcliffe told BBC Sport Wales.

"All I hope is that those who come back into the squad and maybe have to wait for a chance don't retire.


"It wouldn't be nice for us to have any more retirements. You've just got to grit your teeth and get on with it.

"You should be proud to be a Welsh person on the bench hoping for a chance to impress the manager and do something about it - that's what used to happen in the old days."

Speaking of the Liechtenstein win, Ratcliffe said: "Wales really could have won at a canter.

"It was comfortable, at times too comfortable. I predicted that Wales would win 2-0, but I didn't think that it would be that easy.

"They created good chances in the game. On another day, Easter could have had two or three goals, he definitely should have scored from his two one-on-ones.

I wasn't too happy seeing James Collins on the left-hand side [of the centre-back pairing]

Kevin Ratcliffe

"From what we gather, he got the nod over Sam Vokes because of the way he looked on the training ground... it shows no-one can be ruled out under John Toshack.

"It was a great time for Aaron Ramsey to open his account for Wales with a fantastic free kick from the edge of the box.

"At times he tried to do too much, it's something he's got to learn.

"He can't lose the ball, especially in the defending third - against better sides he'll get punished.

"But he has a great future in front of him, he produced passes that no-one else in the side could have.

"Gareth Bale was a big plus and Vaughan has been excellent in the last two matches.

"But we did look a little bit shaky at the back. I wasn't too happy seeing James Collins on the left-hand side [of the centre-back pairing].

David Vaughan slides in for his first Wales goal
David Vaughan slides in for his first Wales goal

"He goes a little bit amiss there because he's not too sure about positioning, he plays differently on the right-hand side.

"People might think a centre-back is a centre-back, but the positional play is completely different on the left to the right.

"Ashley Williams is more natural [on the right side]... he played well in the holding midfield role, all I can say is why didn't he play there [against Finland].

"Overall John will be really, really pleased.

"[For the next campaign] we've got to start winning against the Finlands of this world before we start thinking of the Russias and Germanys."

*Kevin Ratcliffe was speaking as a pundit on BBC Radio Wales

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