It has been confirmed that Gary Speed was found dead this morning. He was found hung in his own home. He was only 42 years old.
Gary Speed was a model professional and one of those rare characters that seemed to be respected by everyone because he conducted himself with such decorum throughout his long and distinguished career.
I saw him play a few times live against us and what stood out for me was his total commitment, his never say die attitude and his refusal to give up. He will be remembered as a great footballing professional.
Rest in Peace Gary Speed. It is times like this that we should all realise that there are many things much more important than football and now is a time where we should all rise above any tribal rivalries. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Gary's family and close friends.