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Sunday, June 6, 1999 Published at 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK

Sport: Football

Hughes and Southall fill in for Wales

Saturday's 4-0 derfeat to italy proves the end of the road for Gould

Mark Hughes and Neville Southall have taken temporary charge of the Wales team, following Bobby Gould's resignation as manager.

The international veterans have been appointed as joint caretaker managers after talks with Welsh Football Association officials.

[ image: Neville Southall will partner Hughes as temporary coach]
Neville Southall will partner Hughes as temporary coach
They were recommended by Gould when he decided to step down after the 4-0 Euro 2000 qualifying defeat against Italy on Saturday.

Hughes was in the team that lost in Bologna, while Southall has been a goalkeeping coach with the Welsh side.

Gould ended his four-year reign close to tears, before laughing and joking with friends and supporters as he left the final scene of his 24th international.

It ended a colourful, controversial spell that many critics and ex-players felt he was never quite up to.

Gould had been the subject of constant campaigns to oust him from office by fans and critics alike, and he finally ended it all after the 13th defeat of his international reign.

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