Inquest told Speed’s wife found him hanged at home

AN INQUEST into the death of Wales manager Gary speed was told that the body of the 42-year-old was found hanged at his home in Cheshire by his wife.

Detective Inspector Peter Lawless, of Cheshire Police, told Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinber there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances and a post mortem examination found Speed’s death was caused by hanging.

Mr Rheinberg said: “I adjourn this inquest until January 30, 2012. The inquest will be heard in Warrington and will commence at 2pm.”

Tributes continue to pour in for the former Leeds, Everton and Bolton midfielder (inset), while the Premier League confirmed yesterday that the weekend’s Premier League matches will be preceded by a minute’s silence.

“Gary will be remembered as an iconic player of the Premier League era,” a League statement said. “This will give clubs and fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for Gary’s career.”

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced they would not embark on the painful search for Speed’s successor until late next month.

The FAW are due to meet tomorrow, but it is understood that the board consider any discussions of such a nature to be highly inappropriate.

In the wake of Speed’s death, Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has urged players to ask for help with any issues which concern them.

He said: “I want people to know there is a support and counselling system there because we want to do all we can to prevent things like this happening again.”