John Toshack MBE – 40 years in man­age­ment

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By Tony Matthews The for­mer Cardiff City, Liver­pool, Swansea and Welsh in­ter­na­tional striker John Toshack has now been in foot­ball man­age­ment for 40 years – that is some achieve­ment.

He be­gan his is play­ing ca­reer with his home­town club Cardiff, be­com­ing the youngest player to make an ap­pear­ance for the Welsh side when he made his de­but in 1965. Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing him­self in the first-team, he went on to make over 200 ap­pear­ances and scored 100 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions for the Blue­birds.

In 1970, he joined Liver­pool, where he formed a no­table part­ner­ship with Kevin Kee­gan and Steve Heigh­way, help­ing the club win two League ti­tles, the UEFA Cup twice and also the FA Cup and the UEFA Su­per Cup. He net­ted 96 goals in 247 out­ings for the Reds be­fore leav­ing An­field for Swansea City as player-man­ager in March 1978.

He went on to guide the Swans to three pro­mo­tions in four sea­sons, el­e­vat­ing them from the Fourth Di­vi­sion to the First Di­vi­sion. He added a fur­ther 30 goals to his tally (in 78 games) for the Welsh club and dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer, he notched a grand to­tal of 220 goals 532 club ap­pear­ances… and he also rep­re­sented Wales at in­ter­na­tional level, win­ning 40 caps and scor­ing 13 goals.

Leav­ing Swansea af­ter suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion in 1984, he then em­barked on a man­age­rial ca­reer abroad, tak­ing charge of teams in Por­tu­gal and Spain where he won the Copa del Rey in 1987 with Real Sociedad and the La Liga ti­tle with Real Madrid.

In 1994, he was ap­pointed part-time man­ager of Wales, while still en­gaged by Sociedad but he re­signed from the role af­ter just 47 days, cit­ing the strong sup­port for for­mer man­ager Terry Yo­rath among fans and a "po­lit­i­cal war" as rea­sons.

Af­ter a spell in Tur­key with Beikta, he re­turned to Real Madrid for a se­cond time but was sacked ten months later af­ter re­fus­ing to re­tract crit­i­cism he had made of his play­ers in a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing a de­feat. In 2004, ‘Tosh’ was ap­pointed full-time boss of Wales and re­mained in charge for six years. He later man­aged Mace­do­nia’s na­tional team and the Azer­bai­jani side Khazar Lankaran be­fore go­ing out­side Europe for the first time in his ca­reer with Moroc­can side Wy­dad Casablanca. Now aged 69, ‘Tosh’ is now ply­ing his trade in Iran. Toshack’s man­age­rial du­ties 1978–1984 Swansea City 1984–1985 Sport­ing CP 1985–1989 Real Sociedad 1989–1990 Real Madrid 1991–1994 Real Sociedad 1994 Wales 1995–1997 De­portivo 1997–1999 Beikta 1999 Real Madrid 2000–2001 Saint-Éti­enne 2001–2002 Real Sociedad 2002–2003 Cata­nia 2004 Real Mur­cia 2004–2010 Wales 2011–2012 Mace­do­nia 2013 Khazar Lankaran 2014–2016 Wy­dad Casablanca 2018 Trac­tor Sazi

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