Shocking news this morning that Gary Speed, the current Wales manager and former top Newcastle midfielder and Welsh International, is dead at the age of 42.
Gary Speed – dead at 42
The 42-year-old passed away in the early hours of this morning, and it comes after Gary had taken over the Welsh National side, and had them win three games in a row for the first time for a long time.
Speed’s death was announced about an hour ago by the Welsh Football Association.
A statement from the Welsh FA read:
“The Football Association of Wales are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed.”
“We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family. We ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
It is being reported that his death is a suspected suicide by hanging at his home in Huntington in Cheshire.
Cheshire Constabulary announced that they were not treating Speed’s death as suspicious, and have confirmed that his death was an apparent suicide.
Gary Speed played under Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle and played 285 times with 40 goals for the Magpies before he moved on to play for Bolton Wanderers in 2004, shortly before Robson was sacked.
Before he took over the Welsh job he was manager at Sheffield United with John Carver as his Assistant Manager.
Gary was best friends with Alan Shearer and their families used to spend their holidays together in the summer, when they both played in the very successful Newcastle side.
Not only was Gary Speed one of the best footballers Wales have ever produced – he played 85 times for his country – but he was also a wonderful person.
We are absolutely devastated by this very sad news, and offer his family our most sincere condolences.
Rest in peace Gary Speed.