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Brian Flynn is urged to apply for Wales job by Welsh FA

Flynn baulks at Welsh negativity

Brian Flynn's application for the Wales managerial job will not be judged on just his two games in caretaker charge.

The 55-year-old was put in temporary charge for Wales' Euro 2012 qualifing defeats to Bulgaria and Switzerland after John Toshack's departure.

But Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford insists Flynn's whole management CV will be assessed.

"You can't just look at those matches, you have to look at the 20-year history," Ford maintains.

"It has got to be the 20 years - and he has had a fantastic career.

"We asked Brian to do a very difficult thing to come in at the last minute to take charge for those two matches. That is a big ask.

"We put Brian in as caretaker for two matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland and we would like to thank Brian very, very much."

Flynn has already confirmed he will apply for the post, vacated by Toshack after Wales' opening qualifying defeat in Montenegro, despite losing both his matches as caretaker boss, a 1-0 home defeat to Bulgaria and a 4-1 loss in Switzerland.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford
FAW chief exec Ford hopes to name a new Wales manager in December

The FAW have revealed that a six-man panel will be charged with appointing the new Wales manager.

Deadline for applications will be the first week of November with the new manager appointed before Christmas.

Former Wales heroes Ian Rush, John Hartson and Chris Coleman are also in the running to replace Toshack full-time.

Welsh striking great Rush has been out of management for five years since an unsuccessful period at Chester City, fellow forward Hartson has not management experience while Coleman, sacked by Championship Coventry City in May, has managed in the Premier League at Fulham.

But Flynn, Wales' youth team guru who has previously had three unsuccessful interviews to be Wales national team boss, is very much in the frame.

"We want Brian to apply," insisted Ford.

"And I know full well having had that conversation he said 'Jonathan my application will be the first on your table Monday morning'.

"He comes with a lot of support. He has got a fantastic background and ultimately we wish Brian all the best of success."


Ford has set out the criteria of what the FAW want in their new manager.

"We need a manger that is prepared throughout to further football in this country," said Ford.

"We need them to work and see Premier League matches. We need them to work with schools. We need someone to work with the media.

"We need someone to be the champion of Welsh football. That's what this position is all about.

"We are going to take the best man for the job."

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, Stoke boss Tony Pulis, Millwall manager Kenny Jackett and new Sheffield United chief Gary Speed have ruled themselves out of the job.

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see also
Flynn would keep Wales status quo
15 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Bale backing Flynn for Wales job
14 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Flynn wants Wales managerial job
13 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Switzerland 4-1 Wales
12 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Wales 0-1 Bulgaria
08 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Flynn accepts Wales caretaker job
13 Sep 10 |  Welsh
Montenegro 1-0 Wales
03 Sep 10 |  Welsh

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