Wales boss Gary Speed found dead

Updated: November 27, 2011

Wales manager Gary Speed has been found dead at his home after apparently committing suicide.

The former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton midfielder was found hanged at his home in Chester on Sunday morning, he had appeared on BBC’s Football Focus show yesterday.

Police say there are no supsicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The Football Association of Wales confirmed the news, saying that Speed’s family had authorised the release of the information.

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 kind have been informed.” The spokesman added that man was found hanged.

Speed took over the Wales job in December 2010, and earlier this month, said the side’s rapid improvement had exceeded all expectations.

A 4-1 friendly win over Norway represented a third successive win for Wales, and Speed’s fifth in 10 games as manager.

At the time, he said: “We’ve progressed further than I’d have thought in this space of time but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Speed won 85 caps for his country during a 14-year international career.

He was given the top job in Welsh football despite only having four months managerial experience.

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