Rovers boss pays tribute to ‘room mate’ Gary Speed

Gary Speed, who was found dead at his home on Sunday.
Gary Speed, who was found dead at his home on Sunday.

ROVERS boss Dean Saunders has paid tribute to former Wales team mate Gary Speed who was found dead at his home on Sunday morning.

The Football Association of Wales has said it appeared the Wales boss had killed himself.

As a player, Saunders was Speed’s room mate while on international duty and was left devastated by the 42-year-old’s death.

He said: “I just can’t believe it. I spoke to him last week.

“We roomed together all of our careers with Wales.

“I just can’t get my head around it. It’s incredible.

“He’s so level-headed. You never saw him down in the dumps.

“He was just a really nice fella.

I’m just thinking about his wife and his lads.”

Speed started his career at Leeds United where he won the last old First Division title in 1992.

He also played for Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United.

Speed left his position as Sheffield United manager to take charge of the Welsh national team last year and sparked a great improvement in their fortunes.

Cheshire Police have confirmed Speed was found dead at his home in Huntington just after 7am on Sunday morning. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Speed is survived by wife Louise and two children.