Speed's family grateful for support
Gary Speed's family have said they are "overwhelmed by the support" they have received following the death of the Wales manager.
Last Updated: 28/11/11 7:27pm
The family of Gary Speed have said that they are "overwhelmed by the support" they have received following the death of the Wales manager on Sunday.
On Monday afternoon, Speed's agent, Hayden Evans, who was also the best man at the 42-year-old's wedding, spoke outside the family home in Cheshire, where his body was found.
Tributes have poured in for the former Wales, Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder from across the sporting and political world, and Evans said: "Gary's family would sincerely like to thank all the people that have sent messages of condolence and tributes in what is a very difficult time.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support and it really has helped.
"We would ask that the family are now given the respect of some privacy to just grieve on their own."
Meanwhile, Gary McAllister has expressed his shock at the death of his former Leeds team-mate and said that "there were no signs" that Speed was troubled by anything when they appeared together on television at the weekend.
"Alan Shearer broke the news to me (yesterday) and it turned me to jelly," said the Scotsman on Monday.
"I couldn't believe what he was saying. It shook me to the bones, I was in shock for most of the day.
"Twenty minutes before we went on air on Saturday, he was the normal Gary Speed to me.
"He was very excited about the prospects of the Welsh national team and was upbeat, looking class, immaculately presented. He was a movie star in my eyes.
"With no competitive Wales games until February, we were talking about getting some golf organised.
"There were no signs, nothing to suggest he was troubled. He looked well and things are going well for him at the moment. I could never have thought that 10-12 hours after I saw him I'd be getting that news. It's a nightmare."
McAllister added: "I couldn't see anything in Gary that suggested he was depressed or had any feeling of anxiety. He was just the Gary Speed that I know."