Time for a new boss.
John Toshack has stood down as Wales manager with immediate effect, the Football Association of Wales confirm.
The 61-year-old revealed to a media conference that he was willing to continue as Wales boss for their “must-win” Euro 2012 qualifiers next month.
Toshack was so disappointed with their opening defeat in Montenegro that he told his FAW bosses of his intention to resign after October’s double-header.
But Toshack departs after a six-year reign immediately by “mutual consent.”
The Football Association of Wales are to make an announcement about Toshack’s successor in due course with former Wales defenders Kenny Jackett and Chris Coleman among the bookies favourites.
Former Fulham manager Coleman, a friend of Toshack’s, is out of work after being sacked by Coventry City in May and has declared his interest in the job as has former Wales striker John Hartson, who has never managed but has completed the relevant Uefa Pro Licence qualification.
Jackett is hot property after guiding Millwall to League One promotion and into the Championship play-off places but Welsh youth guru Brian Flynn, who Toshack named in his backroom staff six years ago, would be a popular successor.
As would former Wales captain Ryan Giggs but the superstar winger is still playing in the Premier League with Manchester United.
Toshack, who has presided over a time of transition in Welsh football, appeared before the media alongside Welsh FA president Phil Pritchard and chief executive Jonathan Ford at Thursday’s press call.
So Toshack, who awarded 43 players their first Wales cap, put his faith in youth and fast-tracked talented youngsters such as Gareth Bale, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey and Wayne Hennessey into the senior side.
Toshack guided Wales to 10 competitive wins in 29 qualifiers – losing 16 – since his first game in March 2005 but failed to claim the scalp of a major footballing nation. (BBC Sport)
Whilst its undeniable that John Toshack doesn’t have a great deal of talent to pick from this surely does not act as a good enough excuse as to just how poorly Wales have performed during his tenure. In the 22 qualifying matches they were involved in for Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup they managed to only beat Cyprus, San Marino, Azerbaijan, Slovakia and Liechtenstein.
Given the recent development of some good young talent one would have thought that Wales could manage to put in some decent performances but started their Euro 2012 campaign with a defeat in Montenegro. It will be interesting to see who the Welsh FA turn to next.