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 Wales football news - December 2002.
Sparky in demand.
With press speculation growing about what the future holds for manager Mark Hughes, star striker John Hartson voices his concern.

Hartson is worried that the FAW will find it hard to hold on to their man once a league club comes in for him.

Only time will tell but it is a possibility that the more successful he is with Wales the more of a prime target he will become. 

"My only worry is over whether we can hold on to Sparky because I know one or two clubs are sniffing about." - John Hartson

Sunday, December 29th 2002.


Azer sell out.
The Euro 2004 qualifier against Azerbaijan at the end of March looks like being sold out. Tickets went on sale today and all the tickets that were made available to the general public have been snapped up.

After a terrific start Wales sit proudly on top of Group 9 with nine points from the first three games.

"It's absolutely unbelievable, were delighted. The general public have snapped up all of the tickets that were made available." - David Collins (FAW)

Monday, December 16th 2002.



Hard work ahead.
After a successful year for the Wales national team manager Mark Hughes has stressed that there is still a lot of hard of work ahead if we are to reach the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.

Wales are top of Group 9 and are unbeaten in 2002 with four victories and three drawn games. Expectations are high amongst the fans and media, but Hughes says we need to keep the current run going into the New Year.

At the moment there is no scheduled game until Azerbaijan visit Cardiff in March, but there is talk of a possible home friendly in February or even a squad get-together.

"There's still a lot of hard work ahead, but we will give it everything " - Mark Hughes

Sunday, December 8th 2002.



Moving in the New Year.
As we come to the end of the year and with the transfer window opening next month what does the future hold for our star players.

On the goal keeping front both Paul Jones and Danny Coyne are likely candidates to move on.

What does the short-term future for both Earnshaw and Gabbidon? Several Premiership clubs have watched both players in recent weeks.

Starlet Jason Koumas looks like he has settled in at WBA and we expect big things from him in the New Year.

Whatever the outcome is January looks like begin a very interesting month.

Wednesday, December 4th 2002.





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