Speed in Welsh talks

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Gary Speed today moved a step closer to becoming the new manager of Wales.

The current Sheffield United boss has been given permission by the Blades to speak to the Welsh FA with regard to the position.

It is understood the Welsh FA are likely to confirm Speed in the post on Tuesday.

A statement from United read: "Sheffield United have given Gary Speed permission to speak to the Welsh FA with regard to the position of international manager, and a further statement is expected to be made on Tuesday.

"Meanwhile, coach John Carver will continue to take the Blades' training session today as normal."

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