Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP

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PostWales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Curls » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:05 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-15909277

Wales football manager Gary Speed has died at the age of 42.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has told the BBC it appears Speed, the national manager for nearly a year, killed himself.

Cheshire Police confirmed he was found dead on 07:08 GMT at his home in Huntington, Chester. They said there were no suspicious circumstances.

First Minister Carwyn Jones called it "devastating news" and said he was deeply saddened

He said: "Our thoughts are with his family at what must be a very difficult time for them."

The FAW said; "We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family.

"We ask that everyone respects the family's privacy at this very sad time."

In a statement, Cheshire Police said: "At 7.08am on Sunday 27th November Cheshire police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntington in Chester.

"Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead.

"The next of kin have been informed and have confirmed the identity of the man as Gary Speed.

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"There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the family have requested that they are left in peace to grieve at this difficult time.

Police said a family tribute will be issued later.

Speed, born in Mancot, Flintshire, took over the Wales job in December 2010, and earlier this month, said the side's rapid improvement had exceeded all expectations.

A 4-1 friendly win over Norway represented a third successive win for Wales, and Speed's fifth in 10 games as manager.

At the time, he said: "We've progressed further than I'd have thought in this space of time but we've still got a lot of work to do."

'Stunned and saddened'

Speed won 85 caps for his country during a 14-year international career.

He was given the top job in Welsh football despite only having four months managerial experience.

Speed began his playing career at Leeds United after coming through the trainee ranks, and was part of the side that won the last Football League title in 1992, before the introduction of the Premier League.

A Leeds spokesman said the club was "stunned and saddened" by the news.

He was handed his Wales debut as a 20-year-old in the 1-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in May 1990.

He left Leeds in 1996 after 312 appearances to join Everton - who he went on to captain - in a £3.5m move.

Newcastle followed, in a £5.5m switch in 1998. During his six years with the Magpies, he suffered two FA Cup final defeats, but enjoyed a taste of Champions League football.

He then spent four years with Bolton Wanderers after agreeing a £750,000 move.

Speed became the first player to reach 500 Premier League appearances.

He retired from international duty in 2004, having scored seven goals and captaining his country 44 times.

Speed's final appearance came in 3-2 World Cup qualifying defeat by Poland in October 2004.

His tally of 85 caps is a record for an outfield player.

42 is so young, what a shock this must be for the Welsh footballing community. RIP.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Saigon Slick » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:09 pm

He was 42. As I said in the football thread, RIP.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by gaminglegend » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:10 pm

Apparently hung himself as well :(

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Preezy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:12 pm

Swansea vs Villa is starting in 20 minutes, it'll be a very emotional minutes silence at the Liberty Stadium.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Prototype » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:16 pm

strawberry float.

RIP. :(

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Preezy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:19 pm

Former Wales international Dean Saunders: "I just can't believe it, I spoke to him last week, I roomed with him all the way through our careers with Wales, I can't get my head round it. I knew him really well and he was always level-headed, I never saw him down in the dumps. He was so fit as well, he was one of those who stayed behind after training doing press ups and sit ups."

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on Twitter: "He was upbeat on phone yesterday we were laughing together, talking football and dancing he was a great teammate and a great friend"


Must've been suffering in silence for a while, can't imagine why he'd feel there was no other option but to kill himself. It's not like he was out of work or unpopular, but I guess you just never know what goes on behind closed doors.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by TigaSefi » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:19 pm

That's the kids' Christmas serious strawberry floated for the rest of their lives :(

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Preezy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:25 pm

Bah, it's just terrible, I nearly cried telling my mum and dad about it, it's hit a nerve for me for some reason.

Just feel so bad for his family, they were showing footage of him on Sky News, he just seemed like such a nice guy.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by PsychicSykes » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:28 pm

I know what you mean Preezy, it just feels wrong that one of the nice guys of football could have gone like this. I can't imagine what his close family are going through.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Schiess dem Denster » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:28 pm

Very sad when people see that as the only solution. A fine footballer and appeared to have the makings of a fine coach, too. Terrible shame. :(

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by rinks » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:30 pm

Just yesterday, I was disgusted by some of the vile comments from the general public in reaction to Stan Collymore's openness about his depression. I wonder if those same people will be as vocal about this.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Steve » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:31 pm

Saw him play many times. This is unbelievable...

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Qikzen » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:34 pm

RIP. I feel sorry for his family/kids. It must be awful for them.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Preezy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:35 pm

strawberry float off StayDead you banana split

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by PsychicSykes » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:35 pm

strawberry float off StayDead.

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PostWales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Buffalo » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Too soon, I'm afraid. Edited.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by teh bork » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Congrats StayDead, a new low.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by Steve » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:36 pm

StayDead wrote:RIP. I feel sorry for his family/kids. It must be awful for them.


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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by rinks » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:38 pm

Some people really have no clue where the line is, do they?

EDIT: Well edited Buff.

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PostRe: Wales Manager, Gary Speed RIP
by rinks » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:38 pm

Steve wrote:
StayDead wrote:RIP. I feel sorry for his family/kids. It must be awful for them.


Tool.


Although this now looks harsh.

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