Gary Speed

Gary Speed RIPThe saddest of news emerged today when it was reported that Gary Speed, the Welsh football team manager, had been found hanged at his home early this morning. It appears that his death was a huge shock to his friends, one of whom, Robbie Savage, had been speaking to him yesterday and said that there was no sign of his intent.

Football mourned the former player’s passing at games held today and tributes from many who played and worked with him have been pouring in. He was a great player, taking the field for teams such as Leeds, Newcastle, Everton and Bolton Wanderers as well as making a record 85 appearances for his country, Wales, whom he recently went on to manage.

Of course there must be reasons for his action, but it beggars belief that such a successful professional sportsman should feel that the situation had become so intolerable that he could not go on. I am sure that I echo the thoughts of many, many fans, when I say that my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends on such a sad day.

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