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Flynn: I'd welcome back Giggs

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Brian Flynn admits he may call upon several players, including Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, to come out of retirement for Wales after he was appointed interim manager.

Flynn has been appointed as John Toshack's successor for the country's next two qualifiers - against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month. The 54-year-old former Wrexham boss has made it clear that he wants the job on a permanent basis despite the likes of Chris Coleman, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Martin O'Neill also being linked with the position.

Giggs, who retired from international football in 2007, is just one of a few players who called time on their Wales careers while Toshack was in charge. When asked whether he would consider recalling Giggs for next month's qualifiers, Flynn said: "My telephone is always on, my door is always open, age is no barrier to me. Young or old."

He added: "I remember when I was at Wrexham and we were second in the league and with 10 games to go I needed something a little bit special to happen and I signed a 38-year-old Jimmy Case from Halifax Town in the Conference.

"He had been there, done it with Liverpool. He came and he played well and got us over the line. That was one of the best signings I ever made."

Flynn's first task as caretaker boss will be to turn the country's Euro 2012 qualifying around after the opening defeat in Montenegro which prompted Toshack's departure.

The Welsh will first take on Bulgaria in Cardiff next month before travelling to Basle for a tricky tie against Switzerland.

The FAW will decide after those two qualifiers whether to give Flynn the job on a permanent basis. The former Wales captain, who won 66 caps as a player, is determined to impress his employers over the next month.

He said: "I'm proud and privileged to have been given this position. It's initially for two games and then there will be interviews for the position so I'm determined to get two good results to help me get the job full-time.

"I am very, very hungry to succeed to help Welsh football in the short-term, by qualifying for Euro 2012, and in the long-term. John set the ball rolling in terms of getting young people into the side. That plan will continue to work under me for the next two games."

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