Football community pays tribute to Speed


The world of football continues to pay respect to Wales manager Gary Speed after he was found dead on Sunday morning.

Aged only 42, Speed is reported to have taken his on life at his Cheshire home; news which has left fans, players and colleagues stunned.

The former Leeds and Newcastle midfielder was awarded 85 caps for Wales - 44 of which were as captain of his country.

After being appointed as national manager in December 2010, Speed won five and lost five of his 10 games at the helm, prior to his tragic death.

Here, GMF looks at some of the touching tributes to Speed from the world of football...

Ryan Giggs said...

I am totally devastated. Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a team-mate and friend.

Words cannot begin to describe how sad I feel at hearing this awful news. It goes without saying my thoughts are with his family at this tremendously sad time.

Robbie Savage said…

He had a beautiful wife, two gorgeous kids. He had a great job and a great team and he was on the verge of something big.

I don’t know why this has happened and I don’t think I ever will but I know it was an honour to be his team-mate and his friend.

Mark Hughes said…

I'm devastated. He was a privilege to work alongside and call a friend. My thoughts are with his family.

Kenny Dalglish said…

I know Gary Speed. He was a fantastic footballer but more important than that, he was a decent fella.

There are a lot of people saddened by what has happened but the most important people at this moment in time are his wife and two boys.

It's them your heart goes out to and they'll need as much support as they can possibly get, and I'm sure they'll get that because he had an awful lot of good friends. He was a good guy and it's disappointing for everybody.

Alan Shearer said…

Gary was a magnificent person, bright, fun and a wonderful family man - he lit up every room he walked into. I am proud to have been his friend and will miss him dreadfully

Aaron Ramsey said…

I was given the tragic news this morning. To say I am devastated is an understatement.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family and friends. Today the world has lost a great football manager but even more sadly a great man. He will be missed by all.

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