Ramsey defends Speed replacement comments

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Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has maintained his disappointed at the Welsh Football Association's refusal to consult with the current squad regarding a replacement for former manager Gary Speed.

Speed was found dead at his Cheshire home on the morning of the 27th November, sparking numerous tributes from the football community.

Ramsey was quoted earlier this week saying how disappointed he was that he, along with several other senior players, hadn't be asked who should replace Speed for the country's World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

Asking if the FAW had been in contact, the Arsenal midfielder said: “Disappointingly, no they haven’t.

“I’ve spoken to some of the other players as well and they haven’t been told anything.”

“Obviously in the circumstances I thought they would have contacted myself and a few other players to ask for our opinion.

In response to the midfielder, an FAW source told WalesOnline: "We're very surprised that Aaron has come out with these comments, particularly given he is captain.

"We believe he has been badly advised.

"Make no mistake, this will be an appointment made by the FAW, not by the players."

The 21-year-old has now taken to Twitter in response to the governing body, in an attempt to clarify his comments.

"We have just lost our manager and leader through a tragedy and not footballing reasons. For that reason I would have thought they [the FAW] would have contacted the players to hear what we thought would be the best way forward to continue our recent success on the pitch, in which we have been building for the World Cup qualifiers for the last 11 months with a clear view.

"With regards to being badly advised in my comments, I am a grown man and captain of my country. I care deeply about the future of Welsh football.

"I wasn't advised by anyone and nor would I need to be. I gave an honest answer to a specific question and everything I said was done with my best intentions, hence the fact I am willing to stand behind my beliefs and not leave my comments nameless."

Contenders to fill the vacant role including former Fulham boss Chris Coleman and Speed's assistant Raymond Verheijen, who has publicly stated his desire to be considered.

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