Gould Still Hasn't Told Me the Real Reason I Was Sacked

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Gould Still Hasn't Told Me the Real Reason I Was Sacked


Byline: By PAUL ABBANDONATO Western Mail

Brian Flynn opens up to Paul Abbandonato on his hurt at being axed as Welsh under-21s boss before ... and his delight at getting the job back.Brian flynn's fortunes with his country haven't been the best over the past decade or so. He was offered the Wales manager's job before Bobby Gould got it, only for his involvement with Wrexham to put the block on the move. Flynn was then sacked by Gould from the Welsh under-21s post he used to covet - a decision which still hurts today.

When it came to the race to succeed Mark Hughes, Flynn threw his name in the ring - and wasn't even put on the FAW's six-man shortlist.

Three pretty big setbacks there which, you would assume, would put Flynn off being involved again with Wales for good.

Not so, because at no stage has Flynn's enthusiasm, desire and burning passion to help out his country wavered.

Which is why he is beaming at the prospect of being back in the Wales fold, as full-time new youth guru under the John Toshack regime.

Flynn is said to be on a salary of under pounds 20,000, an absolute pittance in modern-day football.

But it's not about the money for Flynn. It is about being involved with Wales and fast tracking the best youngsters through the system as Toshack looks to bring down the average age of the senior team he has inherited from Hughes.

It is a step back in time for Flynn, who helped groom Ryan Giggs, John Hartson and Robbie Savage for the top when he was put in charge of the under-21s by Terry Yorath in the early 1990s.

His role is wider this time, also overseeing the Welsh under-19 and under-17 teams.

But he can't wait to get stuck in, the first match coming at his old stamping ground - The Racecourse - tomorrow night when the under-21s tangle with Germany in a European Championship qualifier.

So, what about what happened before when Gould unceremoniously dumped him and brought in Tom and Earnie Whalley instead?

Flynn has never really opened up on the issue, other than to say pointedly at the time, 'The Welsh public will be the judge of this decision.'

He is too much of a diplomat to point out that the under-21s became something of a disaster. After the Whalleys, Jimmy Shoulder took on the job and went 24 matches without a win!

'I suppose I knew what was coming with Bobby Gould because he called me to a meeting,' says Flynn today.

'I travelled to Rossett Hall near Wrexham because Bobby asked me to meet him there and I guessed what it was about.

'He told me he didn't think I could do the under-21 job any more because I was also manager of Wrexham. In other words, I couldn't combine the two roles. …

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