After numerous rumours regarding the furture of John Toshack as Wales Manager. It is rumoured that the Football Association of Wales are going to hold a press conference on Thursday where is is speculated it will announce the departure of the former Real Madrid and Deportivo manager.
It is being reported that at 61, Toshack believes he has taken the team as far as he can and is more than willing to step down after four years in charge. The news comes after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Montenegro in their opening Euro 2021 qualifying match.
While it is being speculated that he is under no pressure from the FAW to leave, he was seen in deep discussions with high personnel from the FAW after the defeat. It is believed that he may leave before next month's qualifying games against Bulgaria and Switzerland. But, it needs be, Toshack is believed to be willing to stay in charge for the games if neccesary.
The Wales team has been in a bit of a rebuilding process for the past two campaigns. Toshack inherited an ageing squad when he took charge, he set about setting the foundations for youth to be given an opportunity and take the national team forward and hopefully to the next level, the next level being qualification to a major tournament for the first time since 1976. Unfortunately, although the intentions were right, the move has not been a success.
Former internationals like Robbie Savage in the press have endorsed that the national team in his current capacity have gone stale and a change needs to be made to freshen things up. I totally agree with Savage, maybe the impact of new blood as manager could have a huge influence on the national team in a positive capacity. With this in mind, i was shocked to hear that by fresh blood, they actually meant raw talent. Raw talent being none other than RYAN GIGGS.
As soon as news broke of Toshacks departure, Giggs was instantly installed as bookmakers favourites. At writing this article, Giggs was 11/4 with one high street bookmaker.
Giigs appears to be a popular choice amongst fans. Even current manager Toshack has endorsed his appointment. But with a lack of experience and the fact that he is still playing may mean that the opportunity has come a little too soon for him.
Nobody is going to argue with his credentials. He has won every domestic honour a player can win in a career, he has won numerous individual accolades along the way. He has learnt his trade under the guidance of arguably the best manager if not the most successful one in the modern era to grace the english game in Sir Alex Ferguson.
Personally, Giggsy never came across as future management material. He was always a future coach at best. He does not have the personality of a manager, but Giggs has never been one to live to expectations. Who would have thought he was still playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 36.
Hughes used the Welsh national team as a stepping stone to gain experience, so who is to say Giggsy can't do it. With more experienced managers available like Chris Coleman even Under 21's boss Bryan Flynn. As much as i love Giggs, i would prefer him to stay with United in some capacity after his career. Surely giving him such a high profile job is a major risk for Wales?