Gary Speed

Where is Gary Speed now?

Gary Speed retired from playing in 2010 at the age of 41 and held the record for Premier League appearances until David James surpassed it.

Whilst at his last club, Sheffield United, he took on a coaching role which turned into the manager’s job when Kevin Blackwell was sacked at the start of the 2010-11 season.

Speed was only in the job for three months before getting offered the position of the Wales national team manager. 

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Although Speed’s 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.

The football world was left in shock in November 2011 when Gary Speed 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 Gary Speed 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

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Premier League Teams Played forBolton Wanderers, Everton, Leeds United, Newcastle United

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