Thoughts on Gary Speed.

There are times in our lives that we hear about something happening that genuinely shock you. Yesterday morning as I was reading through my...

There are times in our lives that we hear about something happening that genuinely shock you. Yesterday morning as I was reading through my Twitter feed, I saw news break that Gary Speed had died. I remember actually saying the words "Oh my god!" at the time as it was something that literally stunned me.

My other half always says to me that football fans are fickle, One minute we love a player, then we hate them when they move away etc and she is right to a point. However, there are a few players out there who are respected by everyone for what they have achieved in the game, how they are respected throughout football, how they handle themselves off the pitch and for the person they always appear to be. Gary Speed was one of those people.

I have never met Gary Speed and he has never played for Chelsea but like I say, he is one of those players that everyone respects even if they have never played for your club. Gary Speed made over 530 appearances in the Premier League for I think five different clubs before moving into coaching and eventually becoming the Manager of his country. He had everything going for him it appears.

Yesterday morning however, we found out that he took his own life in what must have been the worst way possible. Think about it, to be in that frame of mind, to set up a noose knowing it will kill you and to go through with it, doesn't bear thinking about.

We may never know the reasons he chose to do what he did but it's important to remember his family at this difficult time.

R.I.P Gary Speed - you never played for us, but we respected you as a footballer and as a man.


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