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Former Swansea City coach Cameron Toshack sacked by Pafos FC despite astonishing success in Cyprus

Wales Online logo Wales Online 19/10/2020 Ian Mitchelmore

Cameron Toshack has left Pafos FC by mutual consent.

The former Swansea City youth coach left SA1 to join the Cypriot club in December last year.

Pafos were in disarray at the time of Toshack's arrival having won just three of their opening 13 league games of the 2019/20 season before the Welshman took charge of the club.

However, Toshack, along with fellow former Swansea youth coach Gary Richards, steered the club to safety following a string of impressive results and even came within a whisker of securing a top six finish.

Such were his side's efforts earlier this year, Toshack won Cypriot First Division Manager of the Month award for February before football was brought to a halt owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, he departed after Pafos defeated reigning champions APOEL 1-0 away from home on Sunday night, with his side reduced to 10 men early on in the second half against the 28-time league winners.

Reports in Cyprus suggest the decision to axe Toshack was made some time ago, with Dmitry Mikhailenko being announced as his successor.

Roman Dubov, an investor in the club, said: “It was one of the hardest decisions for both of the parties, taken after a long consideration, but we realised it is the right moment for it.

"We appreciate the work done by Cameron and his team in the club.

"We will always think of Cameron as of our leader, who has put a lot in the growth of the club.

"We thank him for his commitment, dedication and contribution in terms of creating value during the past year leading the club and wish him and his team all the best for the future.”

Toshack, who signed Swansea midfielder Jack Evans on loan in the summer, leaves Pafos having achieved the longest unbeaten run in the club's history in addition to having the highest ever win percentage, according to Shoot The Defence.

Toshack and Richards enjoyed huge success during their time in charge of Swansea's Under-23s, with the club's young guns securing a league and cup double under the pair in the 2016/17 campaign.

Joe Rodon, Oli McBurnie and Daniel James are among those who progressed under the leadership of Toshack and Richards at Swansea.

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