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Good evening. No, that's not the Severn Bridge behind me. We've come
up North to Humberside where this weekend Cardiff City will hope to
continue their promising start to life in the Premier League against
Hull City Tigers. That and so much more. Stay with us for Sport Wales.
Cardiff City striker, Peter Odemwingie, on winning over the
fans. Matthew Maynard on life after the tragic loss of his son. Talk
about Tom, that's still too raw. Wales midfielder Joe Allen backs
manager Chris Coleman. The players are happy with the management. That
is not the problem at all. We are faithful that he will bring us
success. Let's hear now from a man Wales could have done with over the
last seven days, another member of the so-called Golden Generation. Joe
Allen missed Macedonia and Serbia through injury, but Sport Wales
caught up with him to get his thoughts on Wales, on life at
Liverpool and the prospect of facing his former club, Swansea City.
Chris Coleman, there is a contract on the table for him. Should he be
allowed to carry on the other hand manage Wales into the next European
campaign? Yes of course. All the play remembers happy with the
management, that is not the problem at all. We are fateful he will bring
us success. We want to see him sign the contract and take us into the
next campaign. You know very very very very well, he has had harsh
ways to say in the wake of those two defeats. Is there anything you can
put your finger on, the way things used to work, under Gary Speed
speed, to how things now work under Chris Coleman? Raymond is outspoken
anyway. He is entitled to his opinion. From the players' point of
view who see it from the inside and the way we are trying to play,
tactically the way we are set up and the way we prepare for games is
almost identical. That is unfair criticism. We are doing everything
right except when the whistle goes out on the pitch, it hasn't quite
clicked. COMMENTATOR: Bale. Shot. Oh, almost
through. It's important you don't become a one man team. We can't make
a secret about the fact he is our key man. He is the most expensive
player in the world now. That represents how important he is to
us. When he is not out there on the pitch it has an affect on us. We
have to minimise that as much as we can.
COMMENTATOR: Back to Allen. Still not cleared. Until reconveniently --
recently you were the most expensive Welshman in history a move from
Liverpool -- Swansea to Liverpool? Just the 70 million difference now!
Extraordinary. If Gareth Bale walked down in the high street in Cardiff
where he came from, he would be mobbed. Could you walk down your
high street in Pembrokeshire, would people come up to you? I wouldn't
get mobbed, that is for sure. Not at all. When they meet me they see me
as a normal person. Yeah, nothing has really changed since I was a kid
growing up there. I wanted to ask you how it has been being a
Liverpool player, being at this club and the history? Everybody knows the
stature of the club from the outside and the history to a degree. When
you get here you realise how fanatical the support is and how
global it is as well. COMMENTATOR: Liverpool have the
breakthrough. There is a massive media focus on the club. Whether it
is good or bad. There has been a lot of negativity this summer. Transfer
window has closed. You are glad about that? Yeah. I think a lot of
people breathe a shy of relief. We all know someone like Luis Suarez is
a player that can make a difference in our campaign. On Monday, the
Swans face Liverpool, minus the suspend suspended Suarez at the
Liberty. Liverpool are the current league winners. Swansea stunned the
last time the sides met. A 5-0 thrashing at Anfield in February.
Two men returning to their old base, Brendan Rodgers, the former Swans
boss, and Allen back to fitness after shoulder and hamstring
problems. It is a strange feeling. There are are great people at that
club. I have some great friends, great memories. The fans are always
great with me. As a Liverpool player I hope we can go there and get three
points. Cameron ends his (inaudible) on the opposite man, Shelvey leaving
Liverpool in the summer after being denied regular action at Anfield.
I'm not going to try these Hollywood passes. I will play my normal game
and get settled into the game. There are a lot of links between the two
clubs with Brendan, Joe and myself. It will be a tough game. It will be
an enjoyable game as well I think. I think they have added some great
players to what is already a strong squad. So I hope they, bar Monday, I
hope they have a good season. Are joined by BBC football pundit and
form former roirld international, Kevin Kilbane kill. Joe Allen and
Brendan Rodgers back at the Liberty. Tough ask for Swansea. How do you
see it going on Monday night? The main worry, you are looking at
Sturridge, whether he will be fit or not, you have Gerrard, they are
quality footballers. They can take encouragement from the West Brom
performance. I was at that game, they were good on the counter
attack. They looked so good. At times against Manchester United so I
think they have a lot of quality. Everybody recognises that. They have
their eye on Europe. It will be difficult for Laudrup to get that
consistency from Premier League to European football. Do you see
Swansea at the end of the season? You said a difficult season for
them? If they finish mid-table again, have a decent run in Europe.
They have the style of football that can suit European football, the
difficulty is the Thursday night European matches and coming back
from where they are playing in Europe to get the full squad back
together for the Sunday game. Whether or not the squad is big
enough to cope with that remains to be seen yet. If they finish
mid-table or in and around 12th or 13th that will be a good season for
them. Thank you. It's been another difficult and painful week for Welsh
football having lost in Macedonia and at home to Serbia. The national
side now are at the bottom of their World Cup qualifying Group. The
pressure is building on manager Chris Coleman. It's been a tough
week for Chris Coleman. COMMENTATOR: That is the final
whistle. Wales have been beaten by Macedonia by 2-1.
COMMENTATOR: Kolarov, oh, what a goal!
The boos will tell you, it's another defeat for Wales. I don't blame the
supporters for being this disappointed. I don't blame them if
sections are calling for my head. As if to rub salt into the wounds,
Scotland's win over Macedonia leaves Wales facing the prospect of
finishing bottom of a Group for the first time in almost a quarter of a
century. He is isolated there. They need more experience in and around
Chris. One experienced manager has already paid the price for a poor
campaign with Ireland's Giovanni Trapattoni getting the sack. In
comparison, Cole's results are less favourite. His 25% ratio is the
worse of Wales' managers. Criticism comes with the territory for all of
us. When we lose games, that's going to be the case. We are where we are.
The manager has been backed by most fellow professionals and pundits.
That is no surprise to Gary Speed's assistant, Raymond Verheijen. It's
jobs-for-the-boys. Jobs for their former team-mates. Haven't been the
only source of Cole's blurbs. A forgotten passport caused delay and
match embarrassment before the trip to Macedonia. James Collins didn't
need a passport having not been picked. Was, according to Coleman,
was given a call up for Serb yachlt He explained he didn't want to come
into the squad after being on stand by, psychologically he was
disappointed. OK. -- Serbia. That is not the attitude I'm looking for.
I'd rather someone turn up and say, I got it wrong. I should be in the
squad. Player and manager with two different accounts of the story.
It's as clear as mud or Cole's new contract situation. I should really
be signing a contract very soon. We need to get this block of games out
of the way. He is still under contract. It two or three months to
go, if I'm correct. Whatever was two months ago is still in place. He is
still there at least to November. Who know what is happens after that.
When he was offered this contract he was in a good position with two wins
under his belt. The one fault is that Chris hasn't signed it yet.
Kevin Kilbane, 110 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Onto
international matters. Would Wales hold any fear for anybody? Losing
3-0 at home to Serbia? It can be a mentality thing with the players,
perhaps. If you are not playing well enough and not consistent enough you
can go into every game with dread and fear and expecting the worse to
happen. You give Chris Coleman that bit of time he would want to help
that team progress, I'm sure they have the quality within the team.
Chris Coleman said after the Serbia game, James Collins had made himself
unavailable for that game. Collins himself has since said, that is not
true. He always wanted to play for his country. This whole thing leaves
a bad taste in the mouth, doesn't it? It does. It puts a negative feel
around the next squad when they meet up. There would be questioned asked.
That bridge may not be -- cap may not be able to be bridged between
them. Should Wales think of foreign managers? I don't think so. Chris
Coleman has not been in the job that long. I don't know how many games he
has had off the top of my head. He won three from 12. 12 games in
charge. Not a lot when you look at it like that. If Chris Coleman is
given more of a chance, get to the end of this Group campaign, review
it at the end of the Group and see where he is going to. If it is to be
a foreign coach you would look for immediate impact. Wales are down the
seedings. They are in a lower Group, lower pot when the Groups are drawn.
Would want it? There would be a lot. Would there really? I mentioned
about the players they have got, even Craig Bellamy and other players
within the squad, they have quality. Everybody recognises that. We will
talk more shortly. Now then, last weekend one of the toughest long
distance triathlons on the European circuit took place in Tenby. The
Ironman Wales event attracts athletes from all over the world in
which professionals and amateurs can take part. So we sent a Welsh
Olympian, Christian Malcolm, to see what the day is all about. It is
Saturday night and as you can see it as a little bit quiet here. Athletes
will be competing in a three-day gruelling event, like a triathlon
but much tougher. What made you want to do it?
I'm not too sure really. Just to prove to myself that I can do
anything I want to. It is a big accomplishment and everybody is
proud of me. I couldn't swim so I had to learn to
swim. I've had so much support from family and friends. I want to do it
for them and my dad who is not with us any more. And my mum who is not
so well at the moment. I want to try and please a lot of people.
It is nearly 7am and there is no turning back now. It is looking
pretty cold in this they. They were led out by the
professional athletes on a two 1/2-mile swim. Each stage of the
race a cut-off time and for this when it was two hours and 20
minutes. Elite professionals finished the swim in just over 47
minutes. They make their way to the first
transition and here is the first of the women athletes.
I couldn't help worrying how Pat, who couldn't swim until recently,
was getting on. Now they move onto the bikes.
I was so relieved to see Pat set of on the 102 mile bike ride.
The cycle route took them on this journey. There were some punishing
climbs. They are approaching the end of the
big race and of the leader has a time of just over five hours. The
woman's leader is at just over 5.5 hours.
I needn't have worried about Pat as he finished in just over 7.5 hours.
He was well below the deadline and looking pretty fresh.
Whole of the county has engaged with Ironman and throughout the year you
see people out cycling. It has a really positive impact on the
county. Just the small case of a marathon
though. The four lap circuit was as demanding as the bike ride.
Here he comes in a final time of nine hours and ten minutes.
It is the best feeling in the world. The support was incredible. It is
the best race I have ever done. I waited nervously for Jonathan and
Pat at the finish line. Jonathan eventually completed the course in
just under 13 hours. I did feel that smack how did it feel coming across
the finish line? It was great. An outstanding achievement. I wish
you all the best. Cheers. As darkness fell, Pat was still out
there. With nearly 15 hours on the clock, it was a great site to see
him coming through to complete his first Ironman at nearly retirement
age. All Mac that is my CV finished now.
I can't top that. This is for my dad. I past the church where he is
buried several times and said hello. That got me -- that kept me going.
These men and women truly deserve to be called Ironman.
Back to football and while all eyes were on Gareth Bale on transfer
deadline day, a Nigerian international who grew up in Russia
was making his way from West Brom to Cardiff City. A reporter caught up
with Peter Odemwingie. When Cardiff since Nigerian striker
Peter Odemwingie from West Bromwich Albion they knew what the word
getting -- what they were getting. My transfer was the last to go
through. I wish it was before that but I was happy.
They have also signed a player whose transfer deadline day whereabouts
had made headlines. The most bizarre sight was Peter
Odemwingie. He arrived without any deal agreed.
When I got there there was no deal in place but there was a deal and it
fell through and my calculation because of problems on the rent. --
problems on the end. I found this in you the full city. It is a great
group. -- a beautiful city. They have been very helpful with
advice. After just one week here, I can see why they were so successful
last season and have started the season so well.
The team has already had a headline-grabbing victory over
Manchester city. I was told that the atmosphere was
fantastic. Hull city had a great start to the
season. They looked really good. I'm not at 100% yet but I have got the
confidence. How many goals will you score this
season? First of all it is the team. If they
get everything they want to achieve I will feel fantastic going on
holiday. What have the players showing you?
They have shown me this. I am prepared for it. Thanks to people at
the club. I will happily join in and have a laugh.
Peter Odemwingie, certainly pleasing the Cardiff fans. How do you think
you will do? I think he will do well. He is a
quality footballer and can score goals.
Will Malky Mackay's approach to this weekend's game the difference? I
think Hull will be slight favourites with them being at home but the
mindset of both teams will be different to that in the previous
games. I hate myself for saying this so
early in the season but is it a six pointer? You could argue that. I
don't think the managers will be telling the players that but they
could see it that way. I would probably set on the fence and say it
is going to be a draw. It has been a pleasure having you on. Thank you.
Cheers. The cricket now and Glamorgan's long
wait for silverware could come to an end next weekend as they travel the
Lords of the YB40 final. Sport Wales went to meet Matthew Maynard, who
won for Torpey is the county to reflect on their chances and to talk
about life after the tragic death of his son Tom, the last Welshman to
win at Lord's -- 14 trophies for the county.
14 months have passed since Wales lost one of its brightest sporting
lights. Tom Maynard was just 23 when his life was tragically cut short in
June 2012. I can talk about tone but not the
event. That is still too raw. There is more of a network of support for
us here and it is good to be back. Even though I am going off for
little periods the coach. When you think of Tom Watt brings a
smile to your face? It is still hard to think about the good times. But
just his demeanour. Not so much cricket stuff, just how he was as a
guy. I've had to get the players here but
the support of them has been terrific. Virtually all of them knew
Tom and they've just offered the services which has been incredible.
Tom again his career at Glamorgan with Matthew as head coach. Both
left under a cloud in the winter of 2011.
It is a huge commitment. I just haven't got the time or the
inclination or drive to have 12 hours every day involved in the
sport. Matthew Maynard lasts the Lord's
final but he did when they trophies including the 1993 triumph. Hugh
Morris is now looking for a new coach.
Does that open the door for the potential return of yourself? Not
for the full-time position. I would like to get involved with the team
and one day be the health head coach but if I missed that opportunity
because I'm not applying this time, I will support the team.
They seem to have turned the corner this year. I thought they were
absolutely brilliant in the semifinal. I will be going down with
a group of friends and enjoying the day.
And the last Welshman to win was Tom.
Yes, we've got lots of photos and videos from that day and it was a
great occasion. We will be with Glamorgan as they
travel to Essex for the four dayer for the YB40 final. That is it for
tonight. We are back next Thursday at 7pm. Until then, nostalgia. --