Cameron Toshack

Jon Cameron Toshack (born 7 March 1970) is a Welsh former professional footballer who is currently head coach at Cypriot First Division side Pafos FC. He is the son of former Swansea City, Real Madrid, and Wales manager John Toshack.[1] Toshack's coaching reputation has led him to be linked with the managerial roles at several clubs including Swansea City,[2] Barnsley F.C.[3] and internationally with the Iranian top-flight side Machine Sazi.[4]

Cameron Toshack
Personal information
Full name Jon Cameron Toshack
Date of birth (1970-03-07) 7 March 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Pafos FC (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Swansea City 0 (0)
1989–1991 Bristol City 0 (0)
1991–1992 Cardiff City 5 (0)
1992–1993 Weymouth 6 (1)
Teams managed
2011 - 2012 Macedonia (assistant manager)
2013 - 2014 Swansea City U18s and U19s (head coach)
2014 - 2019 Swansea City U23s (head coach)
2016 Wydad AC (assistant manager)
2017 Swansea City (assistant manager)
2019 - current Pafos FC (head coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Toshack began his career with spells at Swansea City and Bristol City without making an appearance for either side. In February 1991, he joined Cardiff City and made three appearances as a substitute before being handed his first start in a defeat to Wrexham.[5] In 1991, at the age of 21, Toshack was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, meaning the physical demands of professional sport became increasingly challenging.[6] At the end of the 1991–92 season, Toshack was released by the club having made five league appearances.[7] He instead moved into non-League football with Weymouth, scoring the winning goal on his debut on 19 December 1992 during a 2–1 win against Halesowen Town. He made another six appearances for the club, scoring one more goal during a 3–0 victory over Bridport in the Dorset Senior Cup.[8]

CoachingEdit

Toshack has gained a reputation for developing teams who play with an attractive, attacking style based on the Swansea City core principle of possession football.[9]Despite limited resources he was able to make Swansea City’s U23s highly competitive, gaining three Premier League medals in four years [10] while helping to shape the careers of young players such as Daniel James (footballer) now of Manchester United F.C., Oli McBurnie of Sheffield United F.C. and Swansea City’s Wales international centre-back Joe Rodon. His methods and organisation had an immediate impact on a multicultural squad at Pafos FC, picking up 16 of the 18 points on offer.[11] Before the arrival of Toshack, the club averaged 0.9 points-per-game in league season 2019/20 but this doubled to 1.8 points[12] following his arrival. Notable victories included a 2-0 win over APOEL FC, the Cypriot First Division leaders and champions of the last seven seasons. [13]

MacedoniaEdit

In 2011 Toshack joined his father at Macedonia Macedoniaas Assistant Manager [14] for their 2012 UEFA Euro qualifying campaign, 2012 UEFA Euro qualifying campaign.[15][deprecated source] working alongside players such as Champions League winner Goran Pandev. The team made a notable improvement, rising from 103 to 81 in the FIFA world rankings[16],underlined by a 0-0 friendly away draw with Portugal national football team. [17]

Swansea City U18s and U19sEdit

On 15 October 2013, Toshack took up a coaching position at Swansea City.[18]While Michael Laudrup was first team manager, Toshack took the reins of the academy role, following the departure of Tony Pennock and finished with silverware as they were crowned FAW U19 champions.[19]

Swansea City U23sEdit

Toshack’s success led to him working with the under-23 Development squad, ultimately guiding them to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title in 2017.[20]. In the same season, the U23 side competed in the 2016–17 Premier League International Cup, reaching the semi-finals before being beaten 0–1 by eventual cup winners Porto. The U23s then won the Premier League Cup in May 2017.[21] The performances prompted further recognition for Toshack when in December 2017, he was appointed assistant to Swansea City first team caretaker manager Leon BrittonLeon Britton following the club's decision to release manager Paul Clement.[22] In May 2018, Toshack led the Swansea City Under 23s to a second successive Premier League Cup final. They lost to Aston Villa on penalties after a goalless draw.[23] Under Toshack's stewardship of the Under 23 squad, several players made the transition to the main squad including Oli McBurnie, Joe Rodon, Dan James, Connor Roberts, Jay Fulton andGeorge Byers[24].

Wydad CasablancaEdit

Reunited with his father, Toshack gained notable experience coaching on the African continent overseeing Wydad AC’s progression to the semi finals of the CAF Champions League in 2016 [25].

Swansea CityEdit

Toshack made history becoming the first Swansea City coach to graduate from the Premier League’s Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme (ECAS)[26]. The intensive two-year development course saw him support caretaker manager Leon Britton (two games) and later first team boss Carlos Carvalhal (25 games)

Pafos FCEdit

When Toshack joined Pafos FC[27], the club had only achieved three wins in 13 games[28]and was battling for survival in the Cypriot First Division with initially only 14 fit players at his disposal. The club has a diverse mix of players with 22 different nationalities[29] represented. Toshack utilised three separate systems of play to prompt a revival. In February 2020, Toshack won the Cypriot First Division’s Manager of the Month award [30].

Managerial statisticsEdit

Managerial statistics[31][32]
Team Year From To Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio
Swansea City U23s 2016 - 2017 15/08/16 15/05/17 43 31 3 9 72%[31]
2017 - 2018 11/08/17 04/05/18 35 18 5 12 51%[31]
2018 - 2019 13/08/18 04/05/19 34 8 10 16 21%[31]
2019 - 2020 09/08/19 09/12/19 17 7 3 7 41%[31]
Pafos FC *League games 2019 - 2020 06/01/2020 Current 10 5 3 2 50%[32]
Total 15/08/16 Current 139 69 24 46 50%

QualificationsEdit

Toshack holds a UEFA Pro License and has also gained UEFA A License, UEFA B License, UEFA C License plus UEFA A Youth License. He attended the University of Wales where he gained a BSc Psychology degree[33]. Toshack made history becoming the first Swansea City coach to graduate from the Premier League’s Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme (ECAS)[34].

HonoursEdit

Swansea City

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  • Toshack, John (2018). Toshack's Way: My Journey Through Football. deCoubertin Books. ISBN 978-1909245716.
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  5. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 189. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
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  8. ^ "1992–93". Nigel Biddlecombe. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
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  14. ^ "Sedloski to become assistant under Toshack". macedonianfootball.com. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
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