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By: Na 07 Sep 2010 08:00:34

Toshack set to quit Wales; Giggs bookies' favourite to take over

John Toshack appears almost certain to step down as Wales boss after spending Monday in talks at the Football Association of Wales' headquarters in Cardiff.

The 61-year-old, who has been in charge since November 2004, was downbeat following Friday's 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Montenegro and Press Association Sport understands the former Real Madrid boss, who took over from Mark Hughes, feels he cannot take Wales any further and will tender his resignation this week.

The only question appears to be whether Toshack will leave the post before or after the double header against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month.

Ryan Giggs is the early favourite with bookmakers to replace Toshack but it is thought unlikely the Manchester United winger would want to take on the role while he is still playing at the highest level. Under-21s' boss Brian Flynn and Mark Bowen are among other names being mentioned as Toshack's potential successors.

There had been optimism this could be the campaign in which the Wales squad came of age but Friday's performance was a hugely disappointing start.

With England hot favourites to win Group G, Toshack admitted another defeat by Bulgaria next month would leave Wales without "too much chance" of making it to Poland and Ukraine in 2012.

Toshack has overseen a huge change in playing personnel, putting an emphasis on youth and fast-tracking youngsters like Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter and Jack Collison into the senior side.

That approach has partly been forced on him by the international retirements of players including Robbie Savage, Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs, Jason Koumas and most recently Simon Davies.

Savage, who has been one of Toshack's biggest critics since a row with the manager five years ago led to him ending his Wales career, called for the former Real Madrid boss to go over the weekend.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, the Derby midfielder said: "It is time John Toshack left Wales. I think we need a fresh start, fresh impetus. We need to get the crowds back and I think Toshack has to go."


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