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Mark Hughes

As a player, Mark Hughes was nudged out of the Old Trafford exit by Sir Alex Ferguson before returning to play a key part in the club's 1990s glory years.

As a rival manager, Hughes was the young pretender who rarely managed to get one over the old maestro.

So there are few better guests Sport Wales could wish for to wrap up the current series than the Welshman who could claim to know Ferguson inside out.

Hughes welcomes presenter Dot Davies into his home to reflect on an extraordinary week for British football with United's long-serving manager finally calling time on his 26 years in the Old Trafford dug-out.

Ferguson, remember, surprisingly sold Hughes to Barcelona in 1986 before buying him back two years later.

Over the following seven years the former Wales international's goals would help initiate Ferguson's dominance of the English game as he began to win trophy after trophy.

One particular highlight was the two goals 'Sparky' scored as United beat Barcelona to win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1991.

As well as reflecting on his time under Ferguson, Hughes also looks ahead to the 71-year-old's final match at Old Trafford on Sunday as Swansea City become guests not only to the manager's farewell bash, but also a Premier League title party as newly-crowned champions United prepare to receive the silverware that their Manchester City neighbours pinched off them last year.

Jade Jones
Watch Taekwondo Olympic Gold medalist Jade Jones on Sport Wales

Intriguingly, the domino effect of Ferguson's departure has seen Swansea boss Michael Laudrup linked with the Everton job.

A good moment, then, for Sport Wales to have a rare sit-down interview with Laudrup as he reflects on his first season at the Liberty Stadium and tells us what he would do if other clubs - Barcelona and Real Madrid being other potential suitors - were to try to lure him away from Swansea, who he's guided to the League Cup and the verge of their highest league finish in more than three decades.

At the end of an extraordinary season for Welsh football, we also head to Newport and Wrexham to reflect on the contrasting fortunes of their football teams following Sunday's collision in the Conference play-off final.

We'll bring you all the celebrations in South Wales as Newport County look forward to life in the fourth tier of English football next season, but also the despair in North Wales as we ask whether Andy Morrell's Wrexham can bounce back for another crack at promotion next term.

We're also in Toronto, where Wales striker Rob Earnshaw welcomes Gareth Rhys Owen to his new home, the former Cardiff City man looking to build a career in the MLS after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Premier League-bound Bluebirds.

Plus, a long goal-kick across Manchester from Old Trafford, we meet Olympic gold medal winner Jade Jones at her Taekwondo training camp.

She showed us how her preparations are going for the World Championships and reveals what motivates her now that she's reached the pinnacle of her sport at the age of just 19.

So join Dot Davies for Sport Wales this Friday at 19:00 BST on BBC Two Wales.

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