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Brian Flynn has emerged as the clear favourite to succeed John Toshack as Wales manager.

Speculation has grown over the past day that the Football Association of Wales are poised to appoint the 54-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea boss, at least on a temporary basis.

Flynn has impressed in his current role as coach of Wales' youth sides, his Under-21s team reaching the UEFA Championship play-offs two years ago and narrowly failing to do so again this week.

As an employee of the FAW, Flynn also provides a convenient option as he could take over in a caretaker capacity for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland almost immediately.

With a five-month gap then before the next fixture against England, the FAW would have more time to take stock of the situation should they decide Flynn is not the long-term solution.

Flynn himself even hinted that a decision could be imminent when he was interviewed on a radio programme last night.

When it was suggested he was an ideal candidate, the former Wales captain told Yorkshire Radio: "Decisions are made and carefully considered and we will see on Monday when the situation is clarified."

The date was significant as the FAW had previously said they had put no timescale on their search for Toshack's successor.

Flynn, who won 66 caps as a player, boasts considerable management experience having had 12 years in charge at Wrexham and another two at Swansea before taking up his current role in 2004.

Since working with Wales youngsters he has helped bring through players such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey.

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