Toshack named Macedonia manager

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Updated: August 8, 2011

Reports are emerging that former Wales International manager John Toshack has been named as the new manager of Ireland’s Euro 2012 opponents Macedonia.

And in a bizarre development the former Liverpool striker will aim to stop the country of his birth from qualifying for the World cup with the Wales and Macedonia both in Group A in the race for Brazil 2014.

The 62 year old resigned from his position as Welsh manager last September following the 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Montenegro last September.

According to reports, former Real Madrid boss will succeed the fired Mirsad Jonuz and he could be in charge by the time Macedonia face Russia on September 2 while his debut in front of the Macedonian fans is four days later in a home game against Andorra.

Toshack is reported as saying: “The people were great, open and that gave me belief that we can work together to reach new heights for Macedonian football.

“I will watch the friendly against Azerbaijan and, together with information that I will gather about past matches during Euro 2012 qualifying, I will see the clear picture regarding the potential of the team.

“The group for the 2014 World Cup qualifications is hard, but at the same time even.

“It will be hard to play against my Wales, but I am a professional and will do my utmost to turn things around in Macedonia.”

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