Shearer in shock over Speed

In an emotional interview with BBC Radio Five Live’s Monday Night

Club, Shearer described his final meeting with the Wales manager at

the corporation’s Salford studios on Saturday. Speed’s body was

found at his family home in Huntington, Chester on Sunday morning.

Sources confirmed the body was found hanged. Shearer said: “We were

arranging next weekend. He was coming up to stay at my house with

his wife and we were going up to various charity dinners on Friday

and Saturday. “We left the studio at half past two and I walked

over to Old Trafford to go and watch Newcastle. I shook his hand

and said, ‘see you next weekend’ – and unfortunately I won’t. “It’s

incredible. I’m still numb and still shocked like everyone else.

You read things in the newspaper and it doesn’t happen to one of

your best mates. I’m just so sad and shocked and feel for (Speed’s

wife) Louise and his two boys and mum and dad.” Shearer said one of

the hardest things to come to terms with is reconciling the

circumstances of Speed’s death with his attitude and general

demeanour on Saturday. Shearer added: “I was with him and he was

happy and joking and we were having a normal mickey-take like we do

out of each other, and having a laugh and a joke about our golf

trips and holidays that we went on together last year, and planning

our next holiday in Portugal next summer with our families and

kids.” Shearer’s friendship with Speed grew soon after the Welshman

was signed by Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle, with Shearer describing

his team-mate as “a great footballer and a model pro”. Shearer

added: “You’re bound to have arguments along the way in football,

but no one ever did with Gary – no one had a bad word for him. “He

was an incredible guy who you could rely and depend on. Everyone

loved him… he was loved because that’s the type of guy that he

was – he got on with everyone and everyone respected him.”