The former Sweden manager Lars Lagerback has confirmed his interest in becoming the next manager of Wales. The 62-year-old appears to be a serious contender for the job, having spoken to the Football Association of Wales chief executive, Jonathan Ford, this week.
Wales are seeking a new manager after John Toshack’s resignation. The caretaker manager Brian Flynn has led the team to defeats in Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland. Flynn is keen to have the job permanently but the FAW has not rushed into an appointment.
Lagerback said: “I want to hear a little bit more. You can say on paper it’s an interesting job. You want to know about how they look upon the job and the organisation around the job.
“I was with the Swedish national team for 12 years before I stopped last year and reached five finals in a row. And that experience trying to get the national team through qualification and doing well in the finals [means] I have rather good experience in that respect.”
Wales have not qualified for a major tournament since playing at the World Cup finals in 1958, staged in Sweden. Lagerback resigned as the Sweden manager after the team failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and led Nigeria during their disappointing campaign in South Africa.