Tributes pour in for Wales manager Gary Speed

Monday November 28, 2011

Tributes have been pouring in for Wales manager Gary Speed who was found dead at his home near Chester on Sunday.

The 42-year-old former footballer won 85 international caps and had been national team boss for 10 games.

Robbie Savage, currently appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, played with Gary for Wales and said: "I spoke to him yesterday and he was in high spirits. I just can't believe it. He was my mate and he's gone.

"He's left two gorgeous kids behind. Gary was [a professional]. He was one of the fittest guys.

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, who played alongside Gary for 13 years, said he was "totally devastated."

"Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a team-mate and friend," he said.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Gary Speed, who was greatly respected by football fans across the country both as a player and manager.

"The Prime Minister's thoughts are with his family and friends on this very sad day for fans everywhere, especially in Wales."

Gary made his name at Leeds and played a key role as his team won the First Division title in 1992.

The midfielder went on to play for Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United before injury forced him to retire.

He was appointed manager of Wales in December last year and had been enjoying success with the national team.

photo:© Getty

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