Speed inquest to be opened on Tuesday

Cheshire Police has confirmed the inquest into Gary Speed’s death will be opened at Warrington Coroner’s Court on Tuesday at 3pm GMT.

The former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder was found dead at his family home on the outskirts of Chester on Sunday, with police saying there were no suspicious circumstances.

And the Football Association of Wales have opened a book of condolence after being inundated with messages of support following the death of Speed.

Tributes have poured in for the Wales coach and fans will be able to go to the FAW headquarters in Cardiff to leave their tributes.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said that the organisation had received messages from UEFA and FIFA, with the Welsh flag at FIFA House flying at half mast.

A visibly emotional Ford said: "We have had hundreds of messages, my phone hasn’t stopped with messages from everyone involved or not involved. It has touched everybody.

"We have had messages from family, friends have called, professional people have called, and they have all been heartfelt messages from people who may only have met Gary a couple of times, which showed the mark of the man.

"He was such a great person and he is such a loss.

"We have a book of condolence available at FAW headquarters and there is an area set aside for fans to leave flowers. Our door is open and we are trying to do everything we can at this terrible, terrible time.

"We have received letters from UEFA and FIFA and our letter from Sepp Blatter said that the Welsh flag is flying at half mast at FIFA House."

In his letter to FAW president Phil Pritchard, FIFA president Blatter wrote: "Gary Speed was a hugely talented player and a great servant for both club and country who will be greatly missed.

"He will always be remembered as a model professional and a fantastic ambassador for the game. Having attended the draw for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification, it was clear to all there that he was a man who exuded enthusiasm and passion for the game.

"I would like to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football to you, the Football Association of Wales, his wife Louise and their two sons, as well as Gary Speed’s friends and family.

"I hope the knowledge that we are all thinking of them can provide some solace in this time of deep sadness."

As the football world mourns the death of Speed many players and fans have been left asking ‘why’?

But Ford says he is unsure if the circumstances around Speed’s death will ever be known.

"I don’t know if we ever will know," he said. "I am no further forward in my thoughts, when you hear the news you ask yourself why? But maybe will never know."

Ford also said the FAW, whose own flag is at half mast at the national side’s former Vale Resort base in Hensol, would look to provide a tribute for the late Wales manager.

"There will be, I am sure, a fitting tribute at some point in time but for now we are just looking in the short term and anything we can do for Louise and the boys," he said.