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Welcome to the final Sport Wales of 2015 and what a show we have
fo' you, here s what's coming up. It s the end of the road for Garry
And we celebrate yet another great year of Welsh Sport.
A massive honour to represent the country.
And so, it's the end of the road for Garry Monk at Swansea City.
Sacked on Wednesday, this is how the story unfolded...
studio, at the minute lots of callers
the way the club has acted. The show is normally on-air on Saturday. A
special show this evening to get the Swansea fans reacting. This should
be interesting. We will get a few callers from West and some will be
pleased, some will be disappointed. Come on then, let's go. Ready to
rumble. I did Wales today I will call Rob in ten minutes. Do you want
to drink? Yes, no sugar please. A special call Rob for you to have
your say on Garry Monk. 22 months at the helm. What do you want to say?
It is an outrageous decision, to be honest. The
What a terrible way to treat a good man. Our Swansea getting relegated?
Unless we get the right person in... I am saying 20,000 people have been
under the misconception that we are too good to go down. I have said to
people we are not too good to go down. We need to get someone who can
hold the reins back in sale is out of the tough seas. What about Mr
Meuse. Or Brendan back. David Moyes, you failed at Manchester United.
Furthermore miserably at Sociedad. He dead ten years good work at
Everton. Setting his own agenda. Eddie is in Swansea. What a sad
indictment of football at the moment. To treat a man like that. Is
it right Garry Monk has gone, have they panicked because of the money
on offer as Jamaat Paul, right decision? I think it is the right
decision. Performances have not been good. I said all season, to even
match last season s achievements match last season's achievements
would have been incredible that the expectation of a lot of the fans was
we finished eighth, we can do better than that. An anonymous text and
Claire on Twitter said what about Leighton James? Fancy being the next
manager? What have I done to deserve that? We have to go now. Coming up
next on BBC Radio Wales, in the garden. What a lovely introduction.
Thank you. The end of a crazy day, Garry Monk has gone, who next?
He has shown last year that he has lots of attributes that will help in
its career at the future. It is a setback for him but sometimes you
need setbacks to shape you as a manager. Garry will recover. He's a
good manager, he has proved that after his last season at Swansea. A
bad run of five or six games just shows you are under pressure in the
league. It is a great shame for the relationship Garry has had between
Swansea City, the owners and the club but what they have achieved
together... As a manager you hope people are more patient but it is
the ultimate ringing in the ears of 120 million. The clubs have the
power, it is their decision, what can I say more than I feel sorry
about it. Garry Monk, what it achieved last season will be in
history for a long time. I'm sure he will get a real refresh period and
will come back. I cannot speak about if, first I
have to speak with Ryan Giggs himself. If its true committee is
coming to me. I never read papers and I think it is the truth.
England had more patients about managers,
I think for every team, my general thinking, those teams will play
better with the same manager, try to change because you're not happy for
one moment of the season, I don't think that is the...
And you can keep up to date with all the very latest
Tomorrow, all eyes will be on Paris as Wales
find out who they'll face at Euro 2016 next summer.
So what's the dre'm draw for Chris Coleman s men?
Who better to ask than the man who got them there?
Ian Hunt went to Madrid to meet the megastar that is?Gareth Bale.
What a year it has been for you, how do you reflect on it, your best ever
year? I am not sure if it is the best ever but a lot has been
achieved. With Wales we set out to qualify, no other team in Welsh
history has done it before, yeah, an amazing experience to go to the
qualifying campaign and to qualify and make history for Wales is a
dream true. I am sure in your mind lots of memories from the campaign,
what stands out for you, what was the goal? I don't know if it was a
specific goal, Belgium was a big turning point which put as clear and
gave us confidence and momentum in the rest of the games. That goal was
the one I would look back on and say was the most important. When we
qualified, the relief literally every feeling came out and it was an
amazing experience to share with the team. And you went back to Cardiff
to watch the friendly, what did you make of it? Strange to be watching?
Very strange. It was frustrating not on the pitch. Injury made that
decision for me. If I'm not playing, I want to meet with the team and be
there as much as I can and it was a good game to watch. We were unlucky
but good preparation for the year race. The one criticism people have
is the team becomes too reliant on you, did the Netherlands game
address that criticism because you had others popping up? Definitely,
there was lots of positives to take and me and were missing and it gave
the youngsters opportunity to show what they can do. We played pretty
well as a team. We were unlucky not to get a draw oral win but we scored
two against them and there. Whoever scores the goals, we don't mind as
mind as long as we get results. The Euro 2016 draw is around the corner,
I'm sure you'll be taking a close interest. Will it be the moment when
it's all sinks in and you realise? It is a shock but we know we are
ready for it and as the tournament gets closer, the draw gets made and
the friendlies before the tournament and it will get exciting. What are
you hoping for because Wales are in the bottom part, will you come up
against some of the big ones? Yeah, that is what we want though. We want
to play on a bigger stage and test ourselves against the best and we
will have to do that in the tournament and I'm sure any other
country will not be looking forward to playing us because we are strong
with a great team spirit and character and we play good football.
Do you have a dream scenario and group? People say it could be
England. England would be nice, I suppose, a local rivalry, one that
has been there for centuries but whoever we play we will go out to
win and get the points to qualify. Confident Wales would beat England?
Of course! In terms of the Euro is, how can Wales do next summer in
France, how far can they go? I honestly believe if we have let
along the way and we play football, we have a great chance. Of winning.
Of winning? Of course. We are not making up the numbers. We are doing
a serious job to win the tournament. If you don't go to win, there was no
point to just be a second fiddle team. We want to do the best we can.
That would be something, not to qualify and then win! That is the
aim. You have to dream big. That is the plan. You have to beat a lot of
top sides. It has been done before, Greece, Denmark. Yeah, we know it is
an incredible task but no reason why can't be done. Wales would need you
and Aaron to be there right through to achieve that. Yeah, we're not a
massive nation, we have a good squad but we need all our players to be
fit and you need a bit of luck along the way and hopefully you can get
that. Do you miss home? To enjoy life in Spain. Of course, home is
home. You can never change that. I love going back and playing for
Wales and will never get the chance to go home I do. How you are
perceived in Madrid, in Wales who are idealised. You are the face on
every teenager s wall. I'm filling my dream for Wales stop
stay tuned as Gareth Bell gets us into the Christmas spirit. Favourite
chewing? I love my Christmas songs at the moment. Of course, every
Christmas. As soon as the Christmas songs are on! Earlier in the
week,... Earlier in the week,
the Wales Sports Awards took place in Cardiff, with the coveted BBC
Cymru Wales Sports Personality We sent a very dapper
Christian Malcolm to mingle I'm here at the Wales sports awards
to celebrate what a fantastic year it has been in Welsh sport. I'm
going to see who I can catch up with. Here, I am here with one of
the main contenders here, Alan Shore, however you. I'm good, mate.
All fun and games, these nights are great because it's just great to see
all these amazing athletes celebrating Welsh sport. Is there
anyone in particular you feel deserve the award tonight? Allott,
because he honestly had setbacks and then been amazing, like ridiculously
amazing, even so. And then obviously Gareth Bell, because our year has
been ridiculous. Who is tipped to win? It's got to be Dan Biggar
playing week in and out. He seems to be working, he might add some more
to it, we never know. When we are off camera, I'm going to get the
real answer from you! The winner of the team of the year is the Wales
senior men's football team. What an achievement for the Welsh team to
make it to the year is like that. It's fantastic, I know it was just
the one game in a ten gallon campaign, and the manager, what a
job he has done. I think, in the Euros, in the summer in France, I
think we can make a serious impact. You are covered this year's unsung
hero for Wales, congratulations! Congratulation, the BBC like unsung
hero! Was it a shock? Was it a shock, indeed it was! I think you
are a hero, helping people like me getting involved in sports. Thank
you and well done. Congratulations, how do you feel? Really pleasing,
you know. There are so many people my age that are up for this award,
it feels really good to receive it. Hannah, congratulations! Thank you!
How does it feel? It's amazing, looking back at everyone else who
has won this award, there are so many big names will stop its
amazing. The winner of coach of the year is Chris Coleman. It's not just
his award, it's his backroom staff, because I think he would admit he
couldn't do it on his own. The recipient of the BBC Wales lifetime
achievement award goes to say Gareth Edwards. Long overdue. I didn't have
an inkling. What a lovely moment for me to cherish, it is a bit early for
me to really appreciate the whole occasion. In third place, Lee Selby.
Third place, the night. Happy, disappointed? Being a prize fight it
it is always a long wait for these things. It was never going to be
first place, because I'm surrounded by good talent but I'm happy stop
second place, Geraint Thomas. Thank you for all your voter in means a
lot. 2015 was a great year for me and hopefully I will continue to
improve. And now BBC's sports personality of the year 2015 is Dan
Biggar. Dan, sports personality of the year 2015, congratulations. It's
unreal, all the names getting rattled off, I was never thinking I
was anywhere near they shout, I couldn't be the hands down
favourite, but I'm really proud to pick this up, it's a massive honour
to represent the country, and receive something like this. I've
got to ask you this question, I know you get asked all the time? The big
arena, the shuffle of the shoulders. Talk to me, you are in the moment
stop I was just in the zone, it's hard to sort of realise what you're
doing stop you don't even worry about anything else, I find gets me
a little bit more relaxed and comfortable, it worked for the
England game, and I can relax a bit with it now. Wow, what a fantastic
event, what a great evening. Welsh sport has been thriving this year,
and for Dan Biggar at the top, he was the man. He might be doing the
old... Big arena! See you guys again.
So many highs in what s been yet another fantastic year,
of the telly and relive all of the most magical
and memorable moments from Welsh sport in 2015.
So, who were the heroes of Welsh sport in 2015? Gareth Bales strikes
again! Who shone the brightest, who hit the hardest, who went the
distance? How good was Dan Biggar? Come on! Who did you celebrate? Who
made you dance? Who made you sing? Waltzing Matilda! Who made you mad.
He was rude! And why was this guy so happy? Find out on Friday December
the 18th, on BBC Wales. was watching Wakes
qualify for Euro 2016. Their first major tournament
in almost 60 years. one of Wales most esteemed
journalists has been delving In 1958 the Wales football team did
something they had never achieved before or since. They qualify for
the finals of the World Cup. The return match for Cardiff would mean
for British teams in the final. The team when 1958 were a good team.
People will say today that Wales are a one-man show, Gareth bail. People
were saying that about 58. It was John Charles then. He was idolised
as one of the great players of Europe, not least for his
sportsmanship, a man who was never booked. Comparisons will be endless
between Charles and bail, who is the greater player? I have no doubt that
Charles was the greatest footballer that this country has ever produced,
that is not to say that Gareth Bales won't be as great. Sweden, in 1958,
a draw against Mexico won all stop hungry was one all. Sweden, the
hosts, one nil nil. We had two play-off against Hungary to reach
the last stages, the mighty John Charles was given a rear severe
hacking by the Hungarians. They had a 17-year-old kid that nobody had
really heard of playing for Brazil, Palais. It was the first gold at the
Palais scored. One nil was enough to do for Wales, but the story was has
John Charles not been fit, had he not been put out of the game by the
Hungarians then who knows, Wales might have even gone on to the
semifinals. I think maybe the worst players are complaining. There can
be no doubt as to the enormity of what Wales have already achieved in
qualifying for the finals of the European Championship. Of the
world's most popular sport. It is time for everybody to get together,
there is one opportunity for the whole of Wales to go on a European
stage, and show, not just that they can play football, but that Wales is
a pretty good place. Earlier on, we saw the more
serious side to him, but what about the lighter
side of Gareth Bale? What makes him tick
away from football? We put Mr Bale under the spotlight
to find out one or two things I was always good at athletics, so
when I have had this question before I might say maybe athletics,
sprinting, long-distance or something, that sort of event. My
sporting hero would probably be Ryan Giggs. When I grew up, he was a left
footed Welsh player, a similar style to me, and I always watched him
growing up, I love the way he played. Wherever there's a golf
course! What do you play off the? Six, at the moment. Favourite
food... Probably chocolate, or pizza. My friends and family. I love
my Christmas songs at the moment. Do you? Of course, every Christmas. As
soon as they come on. What sort of songs, wham, Slade? Everything, the
Christmas album. Worse team-mate, I'm not too sure. I'd probably have
the say David Beckham. The Masters. Masters golf? Yeah. To always keep
working hard to melt no matter where you are in your sport, just to keep
working hard, and that will give you a great platform to get you where
you want. One word to describe myself? I'm not sure. Modest?
Modest, they go, you said it. And that s it from the team for this
year, congratulations to all those Here's hoping that
2016 is even better. We've invited a Wales international
to the seaside so we had to buy him ships. There we go, I'll share them.
I'm looking forward to England where the winning the World Cup. There is
only one game, guys, this is the one to win. Go on, Wales! Listen, I've
just finished up at the test track, seen the line-up for the game later?
What are you thinking, Keith Northey out on the wing.
Mum! Hello. My name is Romeo, and this is my environment. Probably the
best looking scrum-half in the rugby world. Get out! Best looking man in
history. I'd just go on YouTube and watch myself. There are two things
that I had to ask you and one of them is about that big hairy thing
on your face? My name is George Green and I would like to hear...
Get it right! Do you know what that means? Hug.
They speak Wales, thank you very much, thank you! We
are currently having a home-made bagel. How much have you lost? ?7!
So, don't forget the Welsh sport review of the year, next Friday here
on BBC Two Wales.