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Speed tribute announced as inquest begins

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Gary Speed's career will be celebrated with a minute's silence prior to each of this weekend's Barclays Premier League fixtures, following the death of the Wales manager on Sunday.

Speed spent the majority of his 22-year playing career playing in the Premier League, where he turned out for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers making 535 appearances, before moving to Npower Championship side Sheffield United, where he played and managed the Bramall Lane club.

He then went on to take over a Wales side who he helped propel into the top 50 in the FIFA World Rankings following four wins out of five, handing them momentum going into next year's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “Gary was a wonderful ambassador for our League, and indeed all of football, but more than that he was a decent man widely respected throughout the game and beyond.

"Gary will go down in history as one of our iconic players, he was a stand-out professional of the modern game and I'm sure all football fans across Britain will be deeply saddened at his untimely passing.”

Meanwhile in Warrington, the inquest into Speed's death was adjourned until January 30th 2012.

The inquest, not attended by members of his family, had previously heard that Speed had been discovered at his Cheshire home, hanged, by his wife on Sunday morning but that there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.

Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said: "I adjourn this inquest until January 30, 2012. The inquest will be heard in Warrington and will commence at 2pm."

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