Ian Rush emerging as favourite for the vacant Welsh job

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 26 October 2010, 09:40

Since the departure of the long reigning and former Welsh international player John Toshack as the manager of the national squad for Wales in September 2010 his former assistant Brian Flynn has been running the squad for the Welsh Football Association and he was installed as the caretaker manager shortly after Toshack’s resignation from the post. However the Welsh FA have seen a string of poor results in their countries 2012 European Championship Qualifying campaign, they have so far played 3 games and have lost 3 games making them bottom of Group G and their chances of qualification from the Group very slim, their latest result was a dismal 4-1 game against Switzerland which gave the Swiss their only 3 points of the group!

Ian Rush has been named as the man who can by the bookies Victor Chandler even though he has had very limited ability in managing a team, his last role in charge was with League Two side Chester City the club that he started his footballing career with and a position he held for 8 months after that he has mainly been a soccer pundit but recently return to Liverpool as their Soccer Schools Ambassador. However it is his time within Welsh squad as a player where he will be able to draw the most experience he was an active member of the Welsh squad for 16 years and although they missed out on major competition during this period he is still highly regarded there and several time in the last few years he has been named in the next permanent Wales manager odds market.

Wales needs to act quickly and have a permanent manager in place ready for their next game in the qualifying stages of Euro 2012, they have a bit of a breather now as they will be not playing next until March 2011 which would give the new manager plenty of time to asses his squad and make any changes that are needed, however they will be facing an Fabio Capello's England squad who will be also looking to assure qualification.

Since Flynn took on the role of caretaker he has been in charge for 2 games with defeats for both of them, pushing his odds of getting the gig fulltime down the line, Chris Coleman is still available following his sacking from Coventry but former Welsh International has been tipped to make a return back to football management. could he get a team to qualify for a major tournament as manager where he failed as a player?

Next Permanent Wales Manager odds

  • 7/4 - Ian Rush
  • 2/1 - Chris Coleman
  • 6/4 - Brian Flynn
  • 10/1 - Phillipe Troussier
  • 12/1 - Terry Venebales
  • 20/1 - Martin O'Neill
  • 20/1 - Co Adriaanse
  • 25/1 - John Hartson
  • 25/1 - Dean Saunders
  • 25/1 - Lawrie Sanchez
  • 28/1 - Mark Bowen
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All the odds on this market have been supplied by Victor Chandler

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