James Lawton: Speed cut own path and was true to his values
Published 28/11/2011 | 05:00
Even after allowing that some famous, hugely rewarded footballers might lead lives of desperation in varying degrees of quiet, it would still have been a huge reach to imagine Gary Speed could have been one of them.
There were many reasons to be horrified by yesterday's news that the 42-year-old manager of the Wales national team had apparently taken his own life, but perhaps this was the most shocking.
In all his time as a notably undemonstrative, but deeply respected member of his celebrated trade, Gary Speed seldom, if ever, gave a hint of vulnerability.