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Swansea 1-0 Liverpool: Reds suffer shock loss in Wales

Swansea produced one of the shock results of the season as Virgil van Dijk’s Premier League debut for Liverpool turned into a nightmare. Alfie Mawson struck the 40th-minute winner for bottom club Swansea, pouncing on a poor Van Dijk clearance from a corner that Liverpool’s £75million record signing possibly should not have conceded. Liverpool came into this contest unbeaten in 18 games and on a high after ending the unbeaten record of league leaders Manchester City, so few saw this 1-0 defeat coming. It was a frustrating night for Liverpool…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first official visit to Wales

Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, carried out their first official visit to Wales on Thursday amid speculation about who will score an invitation to their upcoming nuptials – and who won’t. Arriving about an hour late because their train was delayed, Harry and Markle began their day in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, with a walkabout, greeting members of the public who had gathered outside Cardiff Castle. News commentators described Markle as “a natural” with the crowds. Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet fans as they…

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A&E safety risks in Wales 'unacceptable'

Emergency hospital consultants in Wales have written to the first minister claiming safety is being compromised “to an unacceptable degree”. The group said they recognised funding constraints but said both NHS Wales and the social care sector were “severely and chronically under-resourced”. Figures showing how A&E departments and the ambulance service coped in December are due out on Thursday morning. The Welsh Government said it had been “open” about the challenges of winter. The letter follows a similar one written by mostly English hospital consultants to Prime Minister Theresa May…

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'Proud' Giggs aims to win over doubters after taking Wales manager's job

Media playback is not supported on this device New Wales manager Ryan Giggs insists he will convince fans sceptical of his appointment with success on the field. The Manchester United great, who has yet to decide on his backroom staff, was named as Chris Coleman’s successor on Monday. Some supporters questioned Giggs’ commitment as a Wales player but he is determined to win them over. “I’ll do that by winning games. As long as I’m winning games those questions won’t come up,” he said. “It’s up to me to give…

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Giggs is named Wales manager

Ryan Giggs has been appointed Wales manager on a four-year contract. The 44-year-old former Manchester United winger succeeds Chris Coleman, who left for Sunderland in November. Coleman’s assistant Osian Roberts, former Wales striker Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen were also interviewed. Giggs had long been a target for the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and was the favourite for the role once Coleman departed after Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The FAW confirmed the appointment on social media. ‘Ferguson to blame for Giggs’ lack of Wales…

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'I don't think he is a manager' – Joey Barton says Ryan Giggs is wrong man for Wales job

Ryan Giggs Monday, January 15, 2018 Ryan Giggs faces tainting his legacy by taking on the Wales job. That’s the view of Joey Barton, with the talkSPORT presenter and former Premier League star claiming the Manchester United legend is ‘not a manager’. Giggs is set to be confirmed as Chis Coleman’s successor at a press conference on Monday afternoon, but Barton believes it is the wrong move for the 44-year-old and the Welsh FA.  Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, Barton said: “It is a strange job to take. “Clearly he is…

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