Manager Candidate Profiles - Gary Speed
We profile the possible candidates for the vacant manager's job at Swansea City, starting with Gary Speed. Huw Jenkins says he has about 6 targets on his short-list and Speed is bound to be one of them.
According to our current site poll, nearly half of our readers voted Speed as their choice to replace Roberto Martinez.
What Do We Know?
Gary Speed has been the strongest linked candidate for the job as it's been reported amongst a number of sources that Swansea City have been given permission by Sheffield United to have talks with the player-coach. What we don't know is whether or not the £500,000 price tag for compensation is 100% accurate.
Prior to being approached for the job, Speed asked to have his contract extended at the Blades, but he may be tempted to start his first full manager's job after previous coaching roles at Bolton and Sheffield United.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that we've hit a 'Speed bump' over the £500,000 price tag.
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Gary Speed had an excellent playing career at Premiership and international level with Wales, winning 86 caps for his country, captained the side and scored 14 goals in a Wales shirt.
Speed has totalled up £10,000,000 in transfer fees and has played at the top level for 20 years.
He held the record for the most appearances in the Premiership until February 2009 when he was overtaken by David James.
He started his career with Leeds, making his debut in the old First Division at just 19 and later he played a key role in their Championship-winning season in 1992.
After a long 8-year spell at Elland Road, Everton paid £3.5m for his services in 1996. 2 years later he signed for Newcastle Utd for £5.5m.
Speed then joined Bolton in 2004 for £750,000 and it was at the Reebok Stadium where he had his first minor coaching role, taking over as First Team coach as Sam Allardyce departed, he soon stepped down from the role.
Speed then joined his current club Sheffield Utd for £250,000. He played an important role at the start of the season but a back injury in November meant he couldn't regain his fitness to play again that year, and concentrated on his First Team Coach role at Bramall Lane.
Did you Know?
Mark Hughes and Robbie Savage both recommended him to take over as Wales manager after retiring from international football.
He supported Everton as a youngster.
He played in every Premiership game for his clubs in 1996/7, 1998/9, 2003/4 and 2004/5.
Fans' Views from the Forum:
Speed is well respected throughout the game, and all the right noises are coming out of Sheffield about his performance. If he was installed as our new manager, I would like him to have a solid number two like RM had with GJ.
I have the same feeling as I did with RM when he came. As a player, he seems to be somebody who was born to lead, and has the tactical acumen to succeed. Proffesional, Disciplined, Respected, Insprational. In my eyes would be a very good choice! And with potential to succeed at international level.
Gary Speed talking to Wales Online in Summer 2008 regarding his managerial future: