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09 Sep 2010 13:43:15

Giggs in frame as Toshack quits

Ryan Giggs is set to come under increasing pressure from Wales fans after John Toshack resigned as national team manager. The United winger is the popular choice in his homeland - either in a full-time or part-time capacity - and has has admitted it would be a dream to one day take charge of his country. But with a year to go on his Old Trafford contract, it is unlikely the 36-year-old would be willing to hang up his boots early. Despite already beginning his coaching badges, he has repeatedly insisted he has no plans to retire. Toshack announced at a press conference this afternoon that he was stepping down from the post he has held since 2004 with immediate effect. The 61-year-old's position had been the subject of intense scrutiny since Wales were beaten in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro last Friday. He said he hoped his decision to leave his post as Wales manager early will help keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012. "Wales are still very much in this group, and now the decision has been made hopefully they'll be able to get some positive results in the next two games," Toshack said. "If the results do go against us, I think I would have preferred that to happen with me still in charge." The Football Association of Wales will now begin their search for a successor, having confirmed the decision for Toshack to step down had been reached by mutual agreement. Toshack revealed he had been prepared to continue until after next month's qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria. "I thought after three matches of this group we would review everything," he said. "Even after the disappointment of the game in Montenegro that was still the way I felt. "But we have come to the agreement that this might be better for everyone concerned."


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