The death of Gary Speed created such a huge public reaction for such a popular man that nearly all major newspapers chose not to dwell on the reasons behind his death, both out of respect for the PCC code and knowledge of their audience.

", Wales and Cardiff City forward Robert Earnshaw on Twitter:external-link "I am in total shock at the news of Gary Speed. We also did all our coaching badges together. My thoughts are with his family.". He was doing some fantastic work with the Welsh national team and I was looking forward to pitting my wits against him over the next couple of years. We signed on the same day and played in the youth and reserve teams together.

Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Lucy Mackennall made her debut on Spitting Feathers writing about the impact Ashley Williams has had on the international scene under Gary Speed…little did we both know that her second article would be a tribute piece following Speed’s tragic death .

He wanted to come (to Everton) when his time had run out at Leeds and he was ready for a change and it wasn't a hard deal to do because he wanted to come and he was always a Blue. ", "He always had a smile on his face, he played with a smile on his face and he was one of the best players I was fortunate enough to manage and handle and I still can't believe it. ", Newcastle statement: "Gary was an inspirational and much-loved player at Newcastle United during his time with the club from 1998 to 2004, making 285 appearances and scoring 40 goals. Each of the usual twatty suspects, normally so primed and ready for macabre mirth, were gobsmacked into silence, or rare sincerity. ", "The thoughts of everyone involved in rugby are with you all at this sad time. ", "This sad, sad news has devastated everyone at the club. ", "Gary was a well loved person who will be missed by all who knew him. A positive message of help and support was sent out, with Jeremy Vine’s tweet being a typical example: Given that Gary Speed had phenomenal strength and self-discipline, hopefully no depressed person will ever again be told to get a grip, — Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) November 27, 2011. ( Log Out /  I signed Gary for £5m from Everton and he did a fantastic job for us at Newcastle, during the time I was there and after I'd left as well. Why !! ", "So many memories of Gary.

For him - at 42 - to leave us is such a tragic loss. Many have hidden their feelings from everyone around them for their entire lives. My players loved working with him with Wales and really enjoyed it. Gary Speed was a wonderful servant to his clubs and country throughout his career. Of course, most media organisations did not break this code, and many handled the incident sensitively.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. His enthusiasm, his spirit of fair play and the encouraging leader he became towards the end of his playing career seemed to be paving the way to a fantastic career in management.". ", BBC presenter Gabby Logan on Twitter:external-link "So many memories of Gary. But the realities around male suicide in the UK reflect the Speed family’s experiences closely.

The first few games they weren't very good but he knew that. It was a real bombshell. Rip gaffer. My thoughts are with his family. I remember him as a really good player. ", Bolton chairman Phil Gartside: "We are all stunned at the news of Gary. It is also important to note that the editor’s code of practice by the Press Complaints Commission states: When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used. ", "I am very sorry for his family. Change ). It's very sad news. It's awful. My thoughts are with his family. He was an excellent servant to the club, the ultimate professional, and an exceptional role model for younger players. I'm devastated. His career speaks for itself but the esteem in which he was held universally was immense and absolutely unique. ... 1210 FOOTBALL: Football League chairman Greg Clarke on Gary Speed: "Gary's death at such a young age is an absolute tragedy and the thoughts of the Football League and its clubs are with his family, friends and all his colleagues at the Football Association of Wales.

Within hours he was found dead and even those with only a fleeting knowledge of the man struggled to comprehend what drove Gary Speed to take his own life. We will do whatever we can as an association to help them in this difficult time.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's family and friends. The Mill at Sonning theatre set to reopen after 'lifeline' from George and Amal Clooney, Jurgen Klopp writes to Maidenhead schoolboy. He was doing some fantastic work with the Welsh national team and I was looking forward to pitting my wits against him over the next couple of years. He will be missed by all.". Wales and Reading striker Simon Church on Twitter: "I can't believe it, what a great man and a true Welsh footballing legend. My thoughts are with his family. My first PL game game was against him, he showed me in that game what British football is about. Former Wales team-mate Robbie Savage on Twitter: "The world has lost a great man in Gary Speed. We immediately knew that Speed had been found hanged and there were no suspicious circumstances behind his death. How could anyone keep such deep trauma entirely secret?

explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. And reading Louise’s heartbreaking interviews in this paper this week, that seems almost the cruellest blow of all. my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

", Golfer Ian Poulter on Twitter:external-link "So sad to here the news of Gary Speed. It's difficult to comprehend. ", "Football has lost a real talent and a gentleman; Gary was a young manager with the world at his feet. This is a dangerous question for the media. A report by academics in Vienna in 2015 interviewed male suicide survivors and their families. He was a good friend and this is a very sad day. ", "So sad to here the news of Gary Speed. Manchester United striker Michael Owen: "He was a gentleman and his footballing ability is without question but I would focus on him as a person. I'm devastated spoke to him yesterday morning why ! Such a sad loss and so young. He was a great footballer who always gave 100 per cent and was up there with the best midfielders we've ever had at this club. ", Athlete Jessica Ennis on Twitter:external-link "Such sad news about Gary Speed. Last updated on 27 November 201127 November 2011.From the section Football. To say I am devastated is an understatement. Gary Speed's devastated wife Louise reveals she turned to alcohol to 'numb the pain' after football star's suicide Louise Speed has opened up about husband Gary's death (Image: PA) There are numerous other theories behind what happened, none of which I will repeat here. ", "He was such an effervescent and engaging character and was encouraging, warm, witty and caring. You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2.0. ", Spain and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso on Twitter:external-link "RIP Gary Speed. Wales has lost a great sportsman, a true gentleman and a man who was working extremely hard and succeeding to deliver a bright future for Welsh football. Met him 1st when Dad [Terry Yorath] managed Wales then worked with him. Wales and Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter on Twitter: "Completely devastated by the news. ", "It is with great sadness that the FA has learned of the passing of Gary Speed. My thoughts and prayers are with Gary's family and children. “It rips a large part of you which you can never replace because what happened was unnatural.”. A true pro and really nice fella.

A number of mental health charities and campaigners immediately seized on this message. But by now telling her story so honestly, we can only hope it will help other men in a similar crisis to realise they are not as alone as they may feel. Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford: "I, and all of the football family of Wales, am devastated by the news of Gary's passing. It's a tragic event. His loss to football is immense.". At 41, Louise Speed had everything you could possibly hope for.

", Wales Rugby Union statement: "The thoughts of everyone involved in rugby are with you all at this sad time. Arsenal captain Robin van Persie on Twitter: "I heard the sad news about Gary Speed, great footballer my condolences and sympathies to his family. Because Louise still has no certainty about what caused her husband to take his own life. With hundreds of thousands of tweets on Gary Speed’s death being produced, action was taken to ensure users and media bodies were aware of information such as the Samaritans guide on reporting suicide.



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