Déjà Vu for Toshack in Macedonia


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    I was always a supporter of Toshack as Welsh manager, particulalry his focus on youth and he left Wales with a solid foundation on which to build. He does seem to delight in winding up established players however and seems to have to impose himself on every team he manages. “I am the boss” is the message, but as you say, for how much longer?

  2. Kev says:

    I think Toshack’s time as Welsh manager is extremely underrated. 21 wins in 53 games is an excellent achievement for a country with the resources at his disposal, particularly given the lack of quality that typified much of his early period in particular. Mark Hughes is remembered fondly, but had a very strong but ageing squad, and left the Wales post having blown Wales’ best chance in decades of qualifying for a major tournament and without a win in 10. Add to that Toshack’s work in establishing a structure for bringing through younger players (with the excellent work of Brian Flynn pivotal to that), and his legacy was a long-term bright future, until Speed’s death. I’m not convinced that Chris Coleman is the answer, although Toshack rates him I believe.

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