Everton boss David Moyes has paid tribute to Gary Speed, following the tragic death of the former Goodison Park hero.
Speed was found dead at his Cheshire home on Sunday morning having reportedly took his own life.
The Wales manager played 65 times for the Toffees, scoring 17 goals, having joined the club for £3.5 million from Leeds in July 1996.
And Moyes has expressed his sadness at the loss of of Speed, 42, on behalf of the Everton players.
"It is extremely sad and upsetting to hear the news on Gary Speed," Moyes told the official Everton website.
"Gary was a great servant to Everton during his time at Goodison and myself and the rest of the squad were as shocked as the rest of the footballing world when we heard the news.
"It's hard to understand and obviously the thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with the club are with the family at what is a very difficult time"
Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright also offered his condolences to the loved ones of the incredibly popular former midfielder.
“He loved football as much as football loved him and will be hugely missed as a player, a manager and a man," said Kenwright.
“Everyone at Everton Football Club - fans, coaches, players, staff and directors - send their deepest condolences to Gary’s family at this desperately sad time.”