Belfast Telegraph

Wales will be out to win it for Speed

By Ian Herbert

The memory of their late manager Gary Speed will spur Wales in their Euro semi-final against Portugal tonight, his successor Chris Coleman has said.

Coleman's team will see victory as something they could dedicate to Speed, whose death at the age of 42 in 2011 so devastated the squad he had begun to assemble as manager. Most of those who will start were Speed's players, too.

Coleman, who is expected to deploy Leicester City's Andy King in place of the suspended Aaron Ramsey in Lyon, recognised that Speed's 10 games at the helm of the national team had denied him the chance to leave a managerial legacy, despite the huge promise he had shown at the helm of the national team.

Remembering the man he first knew from their time together at Manchester City's academy, then as a Welsh team-mate, Coleman said: "He could be sitting here where I am, enjoying what we're enjoying. Unfortunately that was taken away. We always remember Speeds."

Belfast Telegraph