Skysports.com looks back at the career of John Toshack after his decision to quit as Wales boss.
Last Updated: 09/09/10 3:16pm
Skysports.com looks back at the playing and managerial career of John Toshack on the day the Wales legend calls time on his spell as boss of the national side. The Cardiff-born one-time Anfield favourite has led a well travelled life that has seen him manage in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and France.
1949: Born Cardiff, March 22.
1965: Joined Cardiff, for whom he made 162 league appearances, scoring 75 goals.
1970: Moved to Liverpool for £110,000, making 236 appearances and scoring 95 goals.
1973: Won League championship and UEFA Cup.
1974: Won FA Cup.
1976: Won League championship and UEFA Cup.
1977: Won League championship and European Cup.
1978: Joined Swansea on a free transfer as player-manager and took the club from the fourth to the first division in four seasons, for which he was awarded the MBE.
1984: March - Dismissed by Swansea, for whom he made 63 league appearances, scoring 25 goals.
May - Joined Sporting Lisbon as coach, taking them to runners-up in Portuguese League.
1985: May - Resigned from Sporting Lisbon and appointed manager of Real Sociedad.
1989: May - appointed coach of Real Madrid.
1990: May - Wins Spanish Primera Division title with Madrid, who score a league record 107 goals in the season.
November - Sacked by Real Madrid. Returns to Real Sociedad as general manager and team manager elect.
1994: Becomes part-time manager of Wales but resigns after one match, a 3-1 defeat by Norway, to focus on his Sociedad duties.
November - Axed by Sociedad.
1995: Returns to Spain and takes over at Deportivo La Coruna.
1997: February - Resigns as Depor boss after a sorry run of results.
1997: August - Appointed manager of Turkish team Besiktas. Agrees three-year contract.
1999: February - Leaves Besiktas to rejoin Real Madrid as head coach after Guus Hiddink's sacking.
November 18 - Sacked by Madrid with the club struggling in eighth place in La Liga. His replacement, Vicente Del Bosque, leads the club to the Champions League title in May 2000.
2000: October - Returns to management as boss of French side St Etienne.
2001: January - Quits St Etienne after less than three months in charge to embark on third spell in charge of Sociedad.
2002: March - Sociedad again dispense with Toshack's services, with the club second-bottom of the league.
November - Takes up first managerial post in Italy when appointed boss of Serie B side Catania.
2003: January - Resigns from his Catania job, with the club in relegation danger.
2004: January - Returns to Spanish football as Real Murcia boss.
2004: April - Murcia are relegated on April 18, having won just twice under Toshack. He announces intention to quit in the summer, rather than seek a new deal.
November 12 - Appointed Wales manager.
2005: March 26 - First competitive match ends in defeat as Austria secure a 2-0 win in a World Cup qualifier at the Millennium Stadium. The return match in Vienna ended in a 1-0 loss.
2006: September 2 - First Euro 2008 qualifier ends in defeat as the Czech Republic score an 89th-minute goal to win 2-1 in Teplice.
October 7 - Wales are hammered 5-1 at home by Slovakia.
2007: May 30 - Ryan Giggs announces his international retirement, denying Toshack his talisman and captain. He appoints Bellamy as skipper.
November 21 - Wales earn a creditable goalless draw away to eventual Euro 2008 runners-up Germany, but finish their qualification campaign fifth out of seven teams in Group D.
2008: September 6 - Wales kick off World Cup qualification campaign with a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan but are beaten 2-1 by Russia four days later.
2009: February 6 - Signs two-year contract extension through to the end of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
October 14 - A 2-0 win in Liechtenstein concludes Wales' unsuccessful qualifying campaign as home and away defeats to Russia, Germany and Finland cost them dearly.
2010: September 3: Wales begin their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-0 defeat in Montenegro.
September 9: Announces his decision to quit as Wales manager with immediate effect.