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Toshack in club management hint

John Toshack
Toshack managed in Wales, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, France and Italy

Wales boss John Toshack has hinted that he would like to return to club management when his stint ends.

The 59-year-old is out of contract at the end of the World Cup qualification campaign, but the Football Association of Wales would like him to stay on.

When asked if he would rule out a club return, he told BBC Sport: "Certainly not. People say this will probably be my last job but I'm not so sure.

"I miss the week-to-week games [of club football] - it's a different job."

He is remaining coy on his future as Wales boss: "At the moment it's not a priority.

I certainly don't intend to be finished in football or retire

Wales boss John Toshack

"I've still got a year left on my contract, lots of things can happen in that time. You never know.

"I enjoy my football - it's the only thing I've known since I made my debut for Cardiff 45 years ago.

"A lot of managers say 'I don't want to be doing this when I'm 50, then 55 and 60' and they're still carrying on when they're 64 or 65 so you never know.

"I certainly don't intend to be finished in football or retire."

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He admitted the current gap in international action is the worst bit about being in charge of a national side.

"This time between the November friendlies and the end of March - obviously we have a game in February - is the worst time when there's less to do."

Toshack has shown huge faith in youth, giving 33 players their international debuts, and he thinks the future of Wales is bright.

"Whoever comes in, they can't buy or sell anyone but there's a very good nucleus of young players.

"There are five or six players hitting the stage at between 28 and 32, when they should have their best years of international level, who should be able to help the young players coming through."

When he took over in 2004, he said his aim was to qualify for either Euro 2008 or the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

However, he now accepts this qualification campaign might be too early for his side.

"This one might be a little bit too soon, particularly taking into account the strength of the Germans and Russians.


"I think from 2009 and 2010 onwards, for seven years it's a really bright future for the Welsh national team.

"Hopefully someone will benefit from the work that myself and Brian Flynn have put in over the past few years."

He also admits concerns over the development of his young stars if they are not getting regular club football.

"Fingers crossed that they do develop and that they do play at their clubs.

"There are very, very few examples of managers who are prepared to push these younger players through and stick with them."

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see also
Cardiff to outdo Swans - Toshack
02 Dec 08 |  Swansea
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16 May 08 |  Internationals
Toshack reveals high aspirations
07 Dec 04 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
28 Oct 08 |  Wales

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