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Speed now favourite to land Wales job

Gary Speed is set to be named as the new manager of Wales.

Currently manager of Sheffield United in the Championship, Speed emerged last night as the choice of the Football Association of Wales.

They will, however, have to tempt the former Wales skipper away from Bramall Lane, where he has been in charge since August, after Kevin Blackwell was sacked.

The odds on Speed taking over from John Toshack tumbled yesterday, making him joint second favourite for the job, alongside former Fulham and Coventry boss Chris Coleman.

And although former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback has been the favourite, Speed is expected to be handed the reigns.

The 41-year-old was capped 85 times by Wales during his career, more times than any other outfield player.

When Mark Hughes quit as Welsh boss in September 2004, Robbie Savage urged the FAW to give his former international team-mate Speed the manager’s job, but those pleas fell on deaf ears.

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