My thoughts are with his family.’ Another ex-Wales boss, Bobby Gould, chose Speed to be the team captain.
What people want in their 50s, 60s and beyond is often very different from what they wanted in their 30s and 40s, let alone their 20s.
Friends have told how he seemed happy and planning for the future when he appeared as a guest on Football Focus which was filmed in Salford on Saturday - an account borne out by the photograph of him beaming alongside a delighted fan.'I think it has been extremely moving.
Obviously here in the north, where he played for so many of the iconic teams, I know he meant an enormous amount to people and people feel very, very sad on his behalf and on his family's behalf.'Presenter Dan Walker, who spent four hours on and off camera with him, said: ‘He was as bubbly as I’ve known him.
Police stand outside Warrington Coroner's Office during the opening of the inquest into the death of former footballer Gary Speed.
The Wales manager was found hanged at his home by his wife, the inquest was told Asked by Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg whether there were any suspicious circumstances, he replied: 'Given my assessment at the scene and information which I have to date, I am not investigating this as a suspicious incident.'The coroner told the packed hearing: 'I am aware that there is great Press interest in this case and I would ask that the Press do respect the privacy of the family at what is obviously a very difficult time for them.'Shocked fans of the clubs Speed represented over his long career – including Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton Wanderers – left photographs, shirts and bouquets of flowers outside their grounds.