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Wales football news - December 2000.
 La Manga again?
The FAW match and competitions committee is set to meet and discuss the arrangements for the squad get-together in February. La Manga in Spain or Cardiff will be the venue for the four day training camp. Last week an FAW meeting agreed not to play a warm-up match ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Ukraine in March.

Monday, December 18th 2000.
in the sun.
 Jones 3m move.
Matthew Jones has completed a 3m move from Leeds to Leicester City. The 20 year-old has spent the day in Leicester with manager Peter Taylor, he has passed a medical and agreed personal terms with the club. Jones is expected to make his debut against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 13th 2000.
in the sun.
 Armenia challenge.
Wales face a difficult challenge in the their next
World qualifier against Armenia in March.

Both assistant coach Mark Bowen and FAW secretary David Collins visited Armenia's capital Yerevan last week and were shocked to find the pitch and training facilities of a very poor quality. Wales face a gruelling schedule ahead and after the game with a four-hour time difference and flights from the UK taking seven hours. Wales face the Ukraine four days later in Cardiff.

The pitch was very poor - bumpy and scratchy.

Mark Bowen

It's going to be one of our most difficult and costly assignments.

David Collins

Wednesday, December 6th 2000.
in the sun.

 Looking forward.
With three World Cup qualifying games gone Gary Speed feels that things are going well under the management of Mark Hughes. Having just returned from a successful training-camp in Spain, the Welsh captain is also looking forward to the next World Cup fixture in March.

Mark Hughes has been in the job for about a year now, but things are starting to turn around.

We've got Ukraine at home in March and we will be desperate to get a win. Home advantage is so important.

Gary Speed

Friday, December 1st 2000.
in the sun.

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