This morning has put everything into perspective, Football results don’t matter. Last night there were people complaining that Arsenal didn’t beat Fulham, that Manchester United had a winning goal disallowed and others calling for Steve Bruce’s removal as Sunderland manager. Yes, every game has millions of pounds on the line in the long-run and every fan wants to go home happy and entertained, but the shocking news of Wales Manager Gary Speed’s passing this morning puts everything that happened yesterday and later today paling into insignificance.
I refuse to speculate how or why Gary died, the speculations and inquiries or for the correct authorities to make and report. According to early reports from credible sources, Gary took his own life early Sunday morning. why? Like I already said it’s not my place to say.
It’s undoubtedly true that Gary Speed was a lovable character in the game of Football. Maybe it’s a little cliché, obviously no-one comes out and says heartless about a person who has just passed on unless they were a convicted criminal. However, Gary has always been someone I have respected and I’m sure someone everyone who are fans of the game respected too.
Speed recorded over 500 appearances in the Premiership, the first player to reach 500 in the Premier League and a record 85 international caps for Wales, the most for an outfield player. It is not just Welsh, Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton or Sheffield United fans will mourn the death of Gary Speed today, its not a loss for Wales or those clubs, its a major loss for Football.
Condolences go out to his close friend and family, today we’ve lost a great player, a brilliant young manager, but more importantly a good man.
R.I.P. Gary Speed.