Toshack will battle on
John Toshack will not step down as Wales boss despite admitting his side have not progressed.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/10/09 1:20pm
John Toshack does not plan on stepping down as Wales manager despite admitting that his side have not progressed over the past 12 months.
Toshack has come in for criticism recently as a result of Wales' disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign where they finished fourth behind Germany, Russia and Finland.
The former Real Madrid boss saw the pressure ease slightly after his side picked up a 2-0 win in Liechtenstein in their final qualifier on Wednesday thanks to goals from David Vaughan and Aaron Ramsey.
Toshack has had to drastically reduce the average age of the team following the international retirements of senior players such as Ryan Giggs, Robbie Savage, Jason Koumas, Carl Fletcher, Carl Robinson and Paul Parry during his tenure.
Despite the criticism Toshack has a respectable record at the helm having won 18, drawn nine and lost 17 of his 44 games in charge. However it is his record over the last 12 months, six defeats from nine games, which has angered fans.
"I am used to criticism, so long may it continue," a defiant Toshack said.
"I have been criticised in five different languages right across Europe. I can handle that. I have been fortunate over my career to have had success in other jobs.
"I accept that I have not had a good 12 months. We have not pushed on from our win in Denmark - who have qualified well for the finals - last November.
"Progress has not been as decisive in games as I would have liked. But the problems we have had make it difficult to do that at times.
"After 30 years I have seen a lot of things, and been under scrutiny a lot of times. I've taken a lot criticism but it does not worry me.
"But smaller sides do cause you problems, particularly if players think it will be easy. Any lack of quality or any mistakes we made, we still had the right attitude and work rate."
However Toshack believes the future of Welsh football is bright with the likes of Ramsey, 19, Vaughan, 26, and Jermaine Easter, 27, putting in assured displays against Liechtenstein.
"He (Ramsey) ended up having a big impact on the game and also scored his first goal for his country," he added.
"Vaughan can be well pleased with the two goals. Over these two matches this past few days he has done as well as, if not better than, anyone.
"He made a fine goal for Craig Bellamy in Finland, and finished off a Gareth Bale cross for our first here.
"Jermaine Easter also did well after being out of the picture for a couple of years, he worked very hard. And he could have had a couple of goals because he was clear on the keeper on both occasions."