At least a couple of former Welsh international footballers have expressed an interest in the job. Chris Coleman and John Hartson are keen to take up the role but as yet the Football Association's decision is not known. Ryan Giggs, Ian Rush and Speed's assistant Raymond Verheijen have also expressed interest. Before Ryan Giggs scandals raised their ugly heads this year he would have been a favourite for many football fans.
Gary's death led to a veritable flood gate opening. It seems that other high profile footballers and personnel had suffered bouts of depression and contemplated suicide. Only this week Dean Windass, formerly of hometown team Hull City shared his suicidal feelings and thoughts with the public and fans.
Yesterday, January 17, the Hull Daily Mail reported that Dean has been "humbled" by the support he has recieved since his outpouring of feelings.
Whoever the Football Association announce will be the new manager of Wales International Football squad will need to know that support is there, if and when it is needed.
Thursday January 19, 2012: Chris Coleman has been selected as new manager for the Welsh football squad. At the announcement Chris said:-
"We're still all shocked by what happened [with Gary Speed] and we're still grieving. And the only way we can put smiles on fans' faces again is to continue to win matches but I don't think we'll ever get over the loss of Gary. I've already spoken with the FAW members... and I said 'excuse me if I don't seem that excited, I am excited, I'm just a little bit subdued because of the circumstances. It won't be easy but I'm looking forward to it. I think for any manager who was going to come in it was going to be difficult because of the situation and it's more difficult for me with my relationship with Gary. I am excited but I am subdued because of the circumstances, it's not going to be easy but it's something I'm prepared for. On one hand it is the proudest moment of my career but on the other hand, with the circumstances I was very close friends with Gary for 30 years. It is the most difficult press conference I am ever likely to do."
Good luck wishes are sent to the team and Chris