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Wales football news - September 2001.
 Hughes pledge.
Mark Hughes: Will see out contract. Mark Hughes has pledged to see his current contract out as Welsh team manager. Hughes has another two years left on it, and it has been reported recently that his bosses at the FAW want him to quit playing and become the "full-time" manager at the end of the current season.

Wales play Belarus a week on Saturday.

"It is my intention to see out my contract, but I certainly don't intend to quit." -
Mark Hughes.

Wednesday, September 26th 2001.
 Coyne recall.
Gary Speed - Expected to return. Mark Hughes has announced a 21-man squad for the last World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

Both Gary Speed and Mark Pembridge should be available and there is recall for in-form Grimsby Town goalkeeper Danny Coyne.

Both Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage are suspended for the game.

Click here for squad info.

Monday, September 24th 2001.
 Hughes backing.
Hughes full backing of the FAW. After and FAW meeting last week manager Mark Hughes has been given the 100 per cent backing of the new international committee to take into the Euro 2004 Championship.

Hughes has also been ordered by his bosses to sort out the Under-21s who have not won a game in 23 matches.

Sunday, September 23rd 2001.
 Crowd boost.
Wales celebrate goal. With just over two thousand tickets sold the countdown is under way to Wales' last home game in the 2002 World Cup against Belarus.

As regards to boosting the crowd for the game the FAW are discussing some possibilities with their sponsors.

Singing area tickets will be on-sale from this weekend.

Friday, September 14th 2001. the sun.
 Match venue.
As the Welsh team return from Oslo the debate has started on where the last World Cup qualifier should be played.

The FAW have already announced that game is to be played at the Millennium Stadium, but with several factors not in the Association's favour the question being asked is how can they sell the game to the public.

As Belarus are still involved in qualification, one thing we are definitely sure of is a 5pm kick-off to correspond with the Ukraine's match in Poland.

Thursday, September 6th 2001. the sun.


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