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Cardiff City's Mick McCarthy Wanted To Call Someone To Cheer Him Up . . . He Rang Steve Bruce

Under fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy admitted he rang up Steve Bruce before his 1,000th game as a manger because he wanted “to speak to someone who is feeling worse than me”. For Bruce it was 1,000 and out after the 3-2 home defeat for Newcastle United against Spurs and McCarthy could well follow him onto the dole queue if his side suffers an eighth successive defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday. “I spoke to Steve the week before and I actually rang him because I thought I’d find someone who is feeling worse than me. He was top of my list,” said McCarthy.

No Ordinary Joe . . . Hawkins Keen To Keep Pace With Football Pal Rubin Colwill As Ospreys Bid To Topple Munster

The top end of the Swansea Valley has been a hotbed breeding ground for sporting talent for years. Bleddyn Bowen, Robert Jones, Greg Thomas, Justin Tipuric and Ben Davies are just some of the stars the local schools have honed in various sports. The current crop isn’t bad, either – Wales and Cardiff City footballer Rubin Colwill and Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins, who plays against Munster on Saturday night, and who spoke to Graham Thomas. Joe Hawkins is keen to follow his old football rival Rubin Colwill onto the full international stage, but is happy to bide his time. Ospreys centre Hawkins and fellow 19-year-old Colwill – already a senior Wales football international after a breakthrough year at Cardiff City - used to play football against each other as 15-year-olds, until Hawkins gave his sole attention to rugby.

Brinn Bevan Vows To Build On Positives Of Return To World Stage

Brinn Bevan said he had “mixed emotions” after marking his return to gymnastics’ world stage. Wales’ 2016 Olympian was back competing for Great Britain at the 2021 Artistic World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan alongside fellow Wales Commonwealth Games contender Joe Cemlyn-Jones – who was making his debut at a major championship. It was the first time since 1987 that Wales had two senior men’s artistic gymnasts in the Great Britain team in the same year for an Artistic World Championships.

Gemma Grainger's Wales Reach 200th Milestone Against Toughest Opposition So Far

Neil Warnock Tells Cardiff City: You Got Me Out But You Should Have Been Careful What You Wished For

Neil Warnock has told angry Cardiff City fans: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Bluebirds’ former manager returns to his old club for the first time with fans in the ground since he was sacked almost two years ago. Warnock brings his Middlesbrough side to the Welsh capital with many home fans having regularly called for current boss Mick McCarthy to be fired.

Archie Davies And Ffion Tynan Can Take Welsh Golf Global Again, Says Performance Chief

Welsh golfers Archie Davies and Ffion Tyan are currently in the USA, learning their craft in the most demanding competitions in the world for prospective professional golfers – the American collegiate system. Their progress is proof that the future of elite golf in Wales is in good hands with those players acting as role models for the grass roots, as Tom Prosser reports. Jamie Donaldson was the last Welshman to represent Europe at a Ryder Cup back in 2014, but with a new winning mindset introduced by Golf Wales, hopes are high that the next Welsh golfing star may be just around the corner. Gillian O’Leary - director of performance for Golf Wales - says one of her biggest tasks since swapping her native Ireland for Wales has been to change the mindset of some of the golfers she works with.   

Wales' Captain Sophie Ingle Is "Excited To Get Back" As They Prepare To Take On Slovenia And Estonia

Mick McCarthy Admits Talks With Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan. . .After A Run Of Seven Straight League Defeats

By Tom Prosser Cardiff City lost their seventh straight league game last night away to Fulham and manager Mick McCarthy admitted that his future at the club is in serious doubt. The defeat marked the Bluebirds worst run of form since 1933. "It leaves me on the back end of a really horrible run of results," said McCarthy. "And if football is true to its usual stuff then we know what happens.

Joel Piroe? He Needs To Relax In Front Of Goal, Jokes Swansea City's Russell Martin

Russell Martin insists there is still much more to come from Swansea City after the head coach lavished more praise on match-winning pair Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson. Both players scored for the second successive game as the Swans beat high-flying West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night to make it back-to-back victories in the Championship for the first time this season. The 2-1 victory – achieved after Martin’s side had fallen a goal down inside the opening minute – has lifted the club up to 15th place, four points off the play-off spots.

Mick McCarthy's Cardiff City Future Hangs By A Thread. . .As Bluebirds Hope To End Worst Run Since 1985 Against Fulham

By Paul Jones Under-fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping to halt an alarming run of six straight Championship defeats, when his side travel to Craven Cottage to face third place Fulham this evening (Wednesday). This is Cardiff’s worst league return since 1985 and the fans are stunned that the veteran boss is yet to receive his marching orders. Former Cardiff players, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson now play their football at Fulham and could inflict further pain on their former club tonight.

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Swansea City Reminded What Might Have Been As Thomas Frank Praises "Brave" Brentford Strategy

The coach who denied Swansea City a place in the Premier League has an early chance to remind Swans fans what they are missing on Friday night. Brentford head coach Thomas Frank – who ended hopes of a Welsh club in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory for the... Read More

Roberto Mancini's Italy Go From No-Hopers To Beating Wales, Austria, Belgium, Spain And England To Lift Euro 2020 Trophy

Roberto Mancini's Italy – who overcame Wales in the group stages - have been heralded as “Invincibles” after beating England to win Euro 2020 at Wembley. The Azzurri were crowned champions of Europe following a tense penalty shoot-out, which confirmed the men in blue's unbeaten run in the competition. Monday's... Read More

"Unhappy" Mike Flynn Drops Heavy Hint He Could Be Leaving Newport County

Michael Flynn has hinted he could be on the move from Newport County following their heart-breaking Wembley play-off defeat to Morecambe. The Newport boss has admitted to unhappiness after learning the club intend to appoint a sporting director to work either over or alongside him. Flynn suggested he could have... Read More

Newport County's Old Boys' Network . . . Kevin Ellison And Nicky Maynard Plan To Summon Their Goalscoring Wisdom

Newport County’s golden oldies Kevin Ellison and Nicky Maynard plan to prove themselves the patron saints of the written off and rejected when they grace Wembley today. The senior strike partnership have a combined age of 76, but Morecambe would be wise to respect their elders when they face the... Read More

Swansea City's Steve Cooper Admits Play-Off Defeat Will Be Hard To Come Back From

Steve Cooper insists there will be no sulking at Swansea City over the lost ticket to the Premier League. The Swans’ head coach has claimed he will soon get down to work on implementing plans for next season despite uncertainty over his own future following the play-off final defeat to... Read More

Michael Flynn . . . My Job Was To Stop Newport Sacking Him After Five Minutes, Says Lennie Lawrence

As the song says, we all need somebody to lean on. Newport County manager Michael Flynn had Lennie Lawrence whose wisdom could prove the foundation for play-off success at Wembley on Monday against Morecambe. Rob Cole spoke to him. Lennie Lawrence used to sit just behind Michael Flynn in the... Read More
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