R.I.P. Gary Speed 1969 – 2011

When the bulletin at the top of the hour on the BBC news announced the death of Wales manager, Gary Speed, I was in complete shock.

At only 42, he was found dead at his home by his wife in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Having only appeared on BBC1’s Football Focus programme during Saturday afternoon, the whole footballing world has been left shocked and devastated at his death.

Robbie Savage played alongside Speed during his time within the Wales team. ‘I just can’t believe it,’ said Savage. ‘He was my mate and he’s gone. I’ve got very close to Gary in the last few years – the guy is a trooper, he’s left two gorgeous kids behind and a beautiful wife. He had everything.

The father of two leaves behind his teenage sons, Ed, 14, and 13-year-old Tommy.

Tributes have come flooding in as people paid their respects to one of football’s most promising international managers.

Prior to management, Speed (MBE) played for Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton & Sheffield Utd and of course captained his nation, Wales.

Rest in peace Gary. Football has lost a true great.

 

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