Speed passes away

FAW announce death of national team coach at the age of 42

Gary Speed: Has passed away at the age of 42

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The Football Association of Wales has announced that national team coach Gary Speed has died at the age of 42.

The FAW has called for respect to be shown to Speed's family at what is obviously a very sad time.

"The Football Association of Wales are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed," read a statement released on the FAW's official website.

"We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family.

"We ask that everyone respects the family's privacy at this very sad time."

Career

Speed represented Leeds, Everton Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United during his playing days and made 85 appearances for Wales.

He won the First Division title during his time with Leeds and was the first man to make 500 appearances in the Premier League.

He moved into coaching at Bramall Lane in 2010, before being handed the Welsh national team reins in December 2010.

Speed was was also awarded the Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "At 7.08am this morning, Sunday 27 November, police were informed of an incident at Aldford Road, Huntington.

"Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and next of kin have been informed."