ohn Toshack MBE is a Welsh legend from the beautiful game of football. John was born on 22nd March 1949. He is a former player and currently Manager.
He started his career at his hometown team Cardiff City. in 1965 when he became the youngest player to play for Cardiff after breaking through to the first team. He made over 200 appearances and scored 100 goals, forming a partnership with Brain Clarke in 1970. He joined First Division side Liverpool and partnered Kevin Keegan (who today, I think is a legend of the beautiful game) and Steve Highway. John hoped to go on to win some silverware at the club and succeeded when he won two League titles, two UEFA Cups. Notably, he partnered Kevin Keegan. People described their partnership as telepathic. John played 172 games for the club and scored 74 in all competitions. Towards the end of his days at Liverpool, he struggled with injuries which resulted in John being released from the club. Scoring 74 goals for the club is an achievement most people can only dream of. myself amongst them.
After his release from Liverpool, John accepted the offer to join Swansea City as Player-Manager in 1978. John guided Swansea to 3 promotions in four seasons and a 6th place finished in the top flight. What a good record? Perhaps he didn't get sufficient recognition from his peers - the only praise I saw was that Bill Shankly said he was the Manager of the Century. Over his career, John scored 150 goals in over 100 games for 3 clubs.
In 1984 John finished as his role as Player-Manager and went into full-time management. He took over as Manager of Sporting CP in Portugal. John spent two years in charge of the club, then was offered the Real Sociedad, and guided them to a final win in the Copa Del Rey. After winning, John was appointed the Manager of one of the biggest clubs in the world - Real Madrid - but only 11 months into his reign as boss, he was unfairly dismissed. John took Real to court. The decision went in his favour and he won over £300.000 in compensation. After he was dismissed he return to managing at Real Sociedad, spending four years at the club. before leaving to manage a club in France and Turkey.
In 2004 John took over Wales but wasn't their first choice appointment. He was unpopular with several first team members. A few months into managing Wales, 7 players retired from international football, as they were not happy about Johns appointment. John kept his job, however, and his first job as Manager was against Austria. Wales won their that match in a 2-0 win over them with Craig Bellemy getting a brace. John had to group campaigns with Wales but didn't manage to get Wales into any major finals.
I'd like to Wish John all the best with his future career