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John Carver in frame for Wales coaching role

John Carver
John Carver has been assistant at Newcastle United and Leeds

Gary Speed has revealed he hopes his former Sheffield United right-hand man John Carver can become part of his new Wales managerial backroom team.

Speed had Carver as first-team coach during the former Wales captain's four-month reign at the Championship club.

Carver was caretaker boss at Bramall Lane after Speed left to take the Wales job last month but has since departed following Micky Adams' appointment.

"I'm keen to get John on board in some capacity," said Wales boss Speed.

Speed admitted he is "gradually getting people in place" and hopes to confirm appointments of his backroom team next week when Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford returns from holiday.

The new Wales manager will meet Welsh youth boss Brian Flynn on Friday for the first time since his appointment to discuss his future after Speed beat Flynn to land Welsh football's top job.

Flynn - credited with accelerating the development of young Welsh stars such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison - missed out on the Wales job for the fourth time despite taking caretaker charge for two Euro 2012 qualifiers following John Toshack's departure in September.

But Speed hopes that Flynn, appointed by Toshack to oversee Wales' youth structure from under-17 to under-21 level, will continue to unearth and groom young Welsh talent.

"I'm seeing Brian Flynn for the first time face-to-face on Friday to go through things I want to do," Speed told BBC Sport.

"Brian has been fantastic for Welsh football and deserves a lot of credit. He has been excellent so hopefully Brian will continue in the job."

Speed has made finalising his assistants a top priority because the 41-year-old's first Welsh game is only a month away when Wales visit the Republic of Ireland on 8 February for their Carling Nations Cup opener.

Gary Speed
Brian Flynn has been fantastic for Welsh football and deserves a lot of credit.....hopefully Brian will continue in the job

Wales manager Gary Speed

The 41-year-old, whose first 2012 European qualifier is against England in Cardiff on 26 March, has already stated he wants his management team to be a "mixture of an experienced and younger coach".

Carver, the former Newcastle United and Leeds United assistant, was Speed's number two during his short reign in his first managerial job at Sheffield United after leaving Plymouth Argyle to join Speed at Bramall Lane.

Carver, who was on the Newcastle coaching staff when Speed was a player at St James Park, was caretaker at United until Adams replaced Speed full-time last month.

But now Carver, a former Cardiff City player, is without a job - and looks likely to follow Speed to the Football Association of Wales.

"John is a great coach and I want the best people possible to be part of the team," said Speed.

"I see John as more of a first-team coach. And if John can be part of it then great.

"But nothing is decided yet and nothing has been set in stone.

"We're starting to put things in place slowly but because people are away we can't release what we're going to do."

Osian Roberts, the Welsh Football Trust's technical director, has also been linked with a position as Speed's number two, while Flynn, himself, has also been suggested as an ideal assistant for Speed.

Speed also wants fellow former Wales captain Ryan Giggs, his long-time former international team-mate, to join his backroom team in some capacity.

And Speed has hinted that he wants the Manchester United legend to be groomed as his managerial successor.

Speed admits he does not expect the Manchester United star to return to play for Wales but he has held talks about Giggs joining his backroom team.

New Wales boss Speed said: "It would be great if Ryan got involved in the Welsh football infrastructure somewhere.

"As when I move on and go somewhere else, if Ryan is already involved then he would be the perfect one."

Giggs, who replaced Speed as Wales skipper in 2004, is Wales' most famous footballer and the 64-times capped international quit playing for his country in June 2007 to help prolong his club career.

The 37-year-old is United's most decorated player, including two Champions League wins and a record 11 Premier League crowns, and the one-club man has a contract at Old Trafford until the summer.

Giggs, who is halfway through his Uefa 'A' Licence qualifications, ruled himself out of replacing Toshack as Wales boss but Speed has spoken to Giggs about getting involved with his new Wales set-up.



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