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- June 1999.
looking to take their time.
|The FAW are
refusing to be rushed into the appointment of a
new national team manager.
A six-man committee has
been set up to find the right man and it points
to somebody with a proven track record.
FAW secretary David Collins said:"
"We will be
hoping to arrange the first meeting of the
sub-committee for next week, certainly as soon as
two views on whether we are dragging our feet -
whether we want someone in place as soon as
possible or whether we are going to do the job
properly and assess who is available and who is
looking for the best possible candidate rather
than a quick appointment."
"We do not
intend to rush into this because we are not faced
with the same situation we had to contend with in
sub-committee will eventually come to a list of
people they wish to interview. No names have been
mentioned so far although a number of people have
wouldn't consider there is a serious candidate in
the letters we have already received."
had a serious contender apply by post, by letter.
The sub-committee recognises that they will have
to approach serious contenders who will not
necessary actually apply."
"There is no
time limit. The sub-committee will meet fairly
quickly to consider how we will proceed."
"It will be
for that sub-committee to decide at their first
meeting how they will proceed and it is for them
to recommend whether we have an appointment
before the next game with Belarus in
recommendation has been made that the new man has
to be Welsh. If the manager they select is still
under contract with a club then we will have to
open negotiations with his employers."
given any financial limits on what we could go to
as far as pay for the new manager that is for the
sub-committee to decide, and they will also
decide whether we are going to advertise the
June 25 1999.
manager - Latest odds.
June 22 1999.
would love to be boss again.
|Terry Yorath is
prepared to put differences behind him if the FAW
want him to return as national team manager..
Yorath admits he would love
to take over for a second spell in charge. His
contract was not renewed at the end of 1993 after
we failed to qualify for the World Cup 1994.
Terry Yorath said:"
"I'm out of
work at the moment and the job I had with Wales
was the best I have ever had. If they came to me
I would be interested."
"It's up to
the FAW. We didn't exactly part as good friends
but I have never held a grudge in my life and I
June 11 1999.
angered by the paltry number of Danish fans.
|UEFA have been
angered by the paltry number of Danish supporters
who made the trip Anfield, after Denmark's FA had
claimed 4,000 would attend the game.
The Danes used the argument
to persuade UEFA against switching the tie to
Ninian Park, but less than 250 tickets were taken
up by the visitors.
At the meeting
between the two football associations on the
morning of the match, the official UEFA delegate
pointedly asked the Danes: "Where are the
4,000 you promised? Why are there so few fans
To be honest it
came as now suprise that so few turned up for the
match, as the Danes would have found Ninian Park
a lot more intimidating and hostile
"What FAW said:"
"We anticipated this would happen."
didn't want to play in Cardiff because the
atmosphere would have been more intimidating and
obviously helped us. Frankly we feel we have been
conned, and so were UEFA."
members were very disappointed that there were
fewer than 300 Danish fans
FA told Uefa that between 7,000 and 8,000
supporters would be attending. Thats why
Uefa turned down our appeal to move the game to
Cardiff. But two weeks later they applied for
only 300 tickets.
June 11 1999.
wants Wales job full-time.
says he wants to become full-time manager of
Wales after watching his side lose 2-0 against
Denmark in last night Euro 2000 qualifier.
"What Neville Southall
"If I have to apply in writing I will
because I want the job very much"
"If you want me to
throw my hat in the ring, I will throw in a
June 10 1999.
get behind the team.
and Mark Hughes have appealed to the Welsh public
to get behind their team at Anfield on Wednesday.
and Hughes with 163 caps between them, have been
put in temporary charge of the Wales side
following the resignation of Bobby Gould on
So far around
7,000 tickets have been sold but the FAW say the
turnstiles will be open.
Mark Hughes has
underlined that despite the defeat in Italy Wales
can still qualify for a play-off place.
Neville Southall said:"
"We need to
get the people into Anfield to make it a part of
Wales for the night. We can still qualify from
this group and we need the help and support of
the Welsh public."
thing we know we have to do now is be positive,
and we know we have to score. That hasn't
happened in the last two games."
"We have some
of the best players we have had for a while. Ryan
Giggs is one of the best players in the world,
Mark has won just about everything there is and
we have a fine captain in Gary Speed."
have to play their part now too, it has to be an
open relationship and if they have anything to
say, then say it,"
to be a difficult game for us, but if we are
going to have the co-operation of the players we
can do it."
Mark Hughes said:"
"All is not
lost. We still have a great chance in the group.
Wednesday will be important, but we have always
felt that we can beat Belarus and Switzerland,
and a win against Denmark will really set us
June 7 1999.
Southall and Mark Hughes to take charge against
and Mark Hughes have been put in charge for
Wednesday's Euro 2000 qualifier against Denmark
at Anfield. They then could find themselves
competing for the manager's jobs or being
appointed as a management team.
FAW secretary general David
Collins announced the appointments at the team
hotel and stressed it was for just one match
Neville Southall said:"
"If you are
ambitious in football, you always want the top
jobs. And this is one"
and Mark would be very interested in doing the
job permanently as individuals or as a pair"
"But at the
moment all we are concentrating on is winning on
Wednesday, then it's up to the FA to make their
"But what I
would say is that they will have to go a long way
to find a better partnership."
"This has got
to be a new beginning, of course it's a sad time
for us all but we have to concentrate on
Wednesday and be positive for Welsh
surprised that Bobby quit? Yes and no"
of the timing. But no because you had to sit down
and take stock of what has gone on over the last
"He's a very
honest man and I feel he thought that Wednesday
would be one game to many for him and he couldn't
lift the players. He made a very brave
difficult time for Mark and me. Not only did we
lose again but we also lost the manager. But
there's a saying in football that a week is a
the end of Wednesday night we can be in second
place and send the Welsh people away happy for
Mark Hughes said:"
something I would certainly be interested in at
this stage of my career"
Welsh public's point of view they feel that the
pre-requisite of the job is that that it's done
by a Welshman"
"Both of us
are very proud Welshmen. It is difficult
circumstances but we are obviously both delighted
to have been given this chance. It's only in the
short term for the moment, but we will have to
"I have taken
my UEFA coaching badge and would love the chance
to do the job."
"But at the
moment we are only looking at Wednesday, and
hopefully we will get back on track."
of individuals take second place to Wednesday's
David Collins said:"
council will meet at the end of the month and the
situation will be discussed and a decision
hopefully announced to have the job filled
permanently in time for our next match in Belarus
June 7 1999.
resigns as Welsh manager.
| Bobby Gould has resigned as manager
of Wales after the 4-0 defeat by Italy in their
Euro 2000 qualifier.
Gould announced his decision over
the telephone to his wife, and then informed FAW
officials and finally his players.
recommended that Neville Southall and Mark Hughes
are put in charge for Wednesday's game with
Denmark at Anfield.
Bobby Gould said:"
"I felt I
could no longer lift the players. The players
have not said much to me after I informed them of
"I believe it
is in the best interest of Welsh football if I
depart at this time."
game is vital in this group, and Wales still have
a possibility of qualifying for the European
were told after I had spoken to my wife. I
believe heartfeltly that it is in the best
interests of Welsh football. I have had four
wonderful years and never thought I would
experience international football."
"I made a
decision after the overall performance, and what
I witnessed. I felt it was necessary for
rubbish for anybody to suggest that it was the
players who picked the team for this match, and
it is ironic that even though we lost 4-0, we
played well at times."
"I hope Welsh
football can be built on the foundations that I
have laid. But I also believed that after this
result the Welsh people would have turned."
officials did try to persuade me not to, but my
mind was made up. I said to the players that they
must go on and win it on Wednesday, but I have a
gut feeling that this is the time to go."
"I want to be
able to live with myself and put my head on the
"I want them
so much to qualify and I believe they can."
June 6 1999.
Speed looks forward to Saturday's game against
| As Gary Speed looks forward to
Saturday's game against Italy, he sends out a
rallying cry to his fellow players, saying we
should not be frightened of facing some of the
best players in world football.
He also points out that if
Belarus can draw in Italy then Wales can also
achieve the same result.
Gary Speed said:"
"We have got
confidence of doing something against Italy. They
were held by Belarus, and when we beat them last
October we knew then they were a good side and
could upset people."
just that in March. So if they can draw in Italy,
so can we. We played well against Italy last
September at Anfield, so we believe we can do
forward to the challenge of facing countries like
Italy; it's a dream come true to play against the
best players in the world, and if you are
frightened of that you shouldn't really be in the
"If we play
like we did at home to Italy we do have a chance.
It's good to have Ryan Giggs back. His confidence
must be sky high, and when he's with us it's a
real boost. He would improve any team in the
in Switzerland in our last game was a real
disappointment, and with all due respect to them
they were not a great side. If we'd played
anything like to our true level we would not have
lost that one."
"We must not
let that result get us down and bounce straight
back. I'm sure we will."
expects us to win in Italy, even though we will
be doing our best. They are on their own patch
and expected to walk it. But Belarus didn't lose
against them, and neither should we."
what happens in Italy, I feel we must beat
Denmark next week. If we don't do that then we
can probably say goodbye to our chances."
"We just have
to get that second spot and if we can beat
Denmark we can go into the next game in September
in good heart and with a genuine chance of
claiming the second spot and a play-off
June 4 1999.
is a miracle I'm back before the summer.
|Paul Jones should
not be even playing in Saturday's group one Euro
2000 clash against Italy. He was told he would be
out until next season after slipping a disc
against Switzerland in March. But four weeks
later he was back playing for Southampton and
helping them fight off relegation from the
"What Paul Jones
originally told that I was finished for the
season after I had a scan that showed I had a
slipped disc which was trapping the nerves on the
right of my body and effecting my right
up. I was resigned to missing this Wales trip and
not being around until next season."
expect to be back to help Southampton in their
fight against relegation, but I managed to play
in the last two games - we won both and I kept
two clean sheets."
"I had a chat
with another specialist and was told I could try
an injection, an epidural at the base of the
they give to pregnant women in childbirth, but if
it was going to give me a chance of playing
quicker than expected I was all for it."
"He told me
if they get the injection spot on, it could
an hour or so there was a complete change. There
was so much less pain than I'd been experiencing
for the previous weeks - it was almost
really well to win at Wimbledon, but the last day
of the season when we beat Everton was the big
one because they were already safe and had
started to play really well."
"So I felt I
had played my part in helping Saints stay in the
Premier League and had given myself a chance to
play in these internationals."
"The good end
to Saints season has obviously boosted my
confidence and I know it's done the same to for
my team-mate Mark Hughes."
"It means we
have joined up with Wales in good spirits, and to
find Ryan Giggs with us after he had just won the
Treble has given us another boost us well."
that help in international weeks because the
squad has been virtually the same now since the
European Championships started."
with us is great. He's one of the top players in
the world and we are lucky he's Welsh."
point of view after Manchester United had won the
Double, I really wanted them to win the European
Cup as well because it meant that Ryan would be
joining us and be absolutely flying and on great
"I know Italy
are a world power and clear favourites, but we
didn't do too badly against them at Anfield last
"We got stuck
into them and made it very hard for them,
although we realise it's going to be very
difficult for us out here."
won't find anyone from the squad who doesn't
believe we can get something from the game to set
us up for next Wednesday's match at Anfield
June 3 1999.
Giggs ahead of Saturday's Group one Euro 2000
| Ryan Giggs is aiming to produce
another great performance to end an incredible
season. Here are his views on Wales from their
training camp in Riccione ahead of Saturday's
group one Euro 2000 clash.
Ryan Giggs said:"
criticism hurts, I'm a proud Welshman, I've never
said anything else but that."
because all my family are Welsh and they read
that sort of criticism and it hurts them too, I'm
really proud of being Welsh."
"But I am
used to it all now. At first it hurt, but it's
been going on for a long time now, I'm just used
"It has never
been the case that United frown on me playing
friendlies for Wales."
"I came into
the Welsh squad when I was 17 and even then Alex
Ferguson was resting me for games for United and
he thought that if he was resting me for United
and there was a Welsh game coming along, and I
was say 17 or 18, then I should still rest - he
didn't want me to be burnt out at 26."
"I was seven
when I moved from Cardiff to the north. But I
feel a strong Welshman, that's what I am. All my
family are Welsh, my mum and dad are Welsh and I
see them regularly."
seven to 13 or 14, I went back home every school
holidays, so I was always there in Cardiff."
June 2 1999.