Gary Speed

Where is Gary Speed now?

Legendary Welsh midfielder Gary Speed retired from playing in 2010 after 22 years playing top-flight football and held the record for Premier League appearances until David James surpassed it.

Playing for just five clubs, Speed made over 800 first-team appearances scoring over 100 goals and won the old First Division title as well as the Second Division title during his time at Leeds United.

He was also a mainstay of the Wales international side during the 1990’s and he represented them on 85 occasions, scoring seven times.
 
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During his last season playing at Sheffield United, he dipped his toe into the coaching side of the game and upon hanging up his boots he was appointed manager after Kevin Blackwell was sacked at the start of the 2010-11 season.

Despite being in the job for only three months Speed was appointed as the new Wales national team manager at the end of 2010. 

Although his Welsh side lost their first two games they enjoyed a decent run of form under his guidance and were awarded the title of ‘Best Movers’ of the year having gained more FIFA ranking points than any other nation in 2011.

In November 2011 the football world was shocked when he was found hanged at his home aged just 42.

The  cause of death was by “self suspension”, but that there was insufficient evidence to determine whether it was intentional as he may have intended to make a “dramatic gesture” and then “nodded off to sleep.

In May 2016, Speed was inducted into the Welsh Sports Halls of Fame and in July of the same year the Welsh team that he had laid the foundations of reached the semi finals of Euro 2016.

A year later he was posthumously inducted into the National Football Musuem’s Hall of Fame for his dedication to the game.

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Gary Speed: Premier League Statistics

NationalityWelsh
PositionMidfielder
Appearances535
Goals80
Yellow Cards67
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forBolton Wanderers, Everton, Leeds United, Newcastle United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com