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Manchester United And Liverpool Legends On Wales Manager Shortlist

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Ian Rush is still interested in becoming Wales’s new manager, it is understood.

Reports suggested that the former Liverpool striker had ruled himself out of the running to succeed John Toshack.

However a source close to Rush told Press Association Sport that wasn’t the case and the 49-year-old was waiting to see what the Football Association of Wales (FAW) have in mind over the next couple of weeks.

That is when the governing body are expected to invite candidates for interview.

Rush, whose only spell in management came with Chester, is currently involved in grassroots football. He is McDonald’s head of Welsh football, which works in conjunction with the Welsh Football Trust.

Following Toshack’s departure, Brian Flynn was a natural choice as caretaker following his success with the Under-21 side.

Flynn was looking to strengthen his hand in the back-to-back Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland but both matches ended in defeats.

As well as Flynn and Rush, fellow Welshmen Chris Coleman, John Hartson and Dean Saunders are believed to be interested in the post along with Lawrie Sanchez and Lars Lagerback.

Whether Ryan Giggs will be a candidate remains to be seen. There is speculation that the FAW are about to send a formal letter to Manchester United regarding the veteran’s possible availability. (Press Association)

Great players don’t always make great managers, as Bryan Robson probably won’t tell you – especially from the offset.

Not everyone can be as immediately successful as Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs, John Hartson and Dean Saunders certainly ought to be inspiring figures for young Welsh players, but with little managerial experience between them, they would always be a gamble. Furthermore, how adept they are tactically is almost completely unknown.

There are exciting young players coming through for Wales – the most well-known being Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey – and a decent coach could certainly do something with them.

Chris Coleman seems worth a shot.

Whilst he has had some difficulty in his last two jobs at Real Sociedad and Coventry, he was excellent for a spell at Fulham, and is also exceptionally proud of his Welsh roots.

“I’ve played for Wales myself and I preferred playing for my country than any club I’ve played for,” he said in an interview with the BBC in September 2008.

“Unfortunately, my career was cut short.

“I can promise you that I love Wales, I’m very patriotic and that will never change.”


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