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Lawrie Sanchez ready to apply for Wales manager job

Welsh managerial candidate Lawrie Sanchez makes his Wales finals vow

Lawrie Sanchez is the latest to throw his hat in to the ring for the Wales manager's job.

The former Northern Ireland boss told BBC's Sport Wales show he is interested in the role.

"If Wales are looking for someone that has the background of doing something with a small international team then they need to look no further," he said.

He joins Brian Flynn, Chris Coleman and John Hartson in wanting to succeed John Toshack as Wales' permanent boss.

Sanchez, 51, has yet to submit a formal application to the Football Association of Wales, but said: "I've made it known [to the powers that be] that I'd be interested in the job."

Sanchez, who took Northern Ireland from 124th to 27th in the world Fifa rankings - including wins over England and Spain during his three years in charge - believes he can also help Wales' rating rise.

And he is also confident Wales have the potential to reach the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

"It's a very similar situation to when I took over in Northern Ireland. [Wales are] 104th in the world, [they have a] better squad of players probably than I inherited, [and they] haven't qualified for a major championship since '58," said Sanchez.

"I think something good can be done down here. You have fantastic support and the Welsh fans are up there with the Northern Ireland fans in their passion for the football.

"I've read in the paper that they are looking for a Welshman. I can understand that. Smaller nations tend to be more nationalistic than perhaps bigger nations like England.

"But if they want a proven manager with international experience of turning round a small country into a major outfit then that's something I can say I've done that.

Sometimes if you do the same things you get the same results. So perhaps it's time for a change

Lawrie Sanchez

"That said they have had passionate managers in charge since 1958 and they haven't qualified for a major championship yet.

"I was an Anglo [when I took over the Northern Ireland job] but thereafter results were the only thing fans were interested in.

"By the time I left the job we were 27th in the world from a position of 124th .

"You do need fresh eyes and an outsider perhaps coming in. Sometimes if you do the same things you get the same results. So perhaps it's time for a change.

"What I would say of all the Welsh contenders, I have the best international record.

"I think it is very, very possible [to qualify for Brazil]."

Though Coleman, Flynn and Hartson have applied, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has said it is too early in his career to consider managing Wales.

And Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, Millwall manager Kenny Jackett and new Sheffield United chief Gary Speed have ruled themselves out of the running for the job.

See Lawrie Sanchez's full Sport Wales interview on BBC 2 Wales on Friday, 29 October 2200 BST.

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