Gary Speed Named New Wales National Team Boss

Former midfielder takes over as head honcho.

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The Football Association of Wales has confirmed that Gary Speed has been appointed as new national coach.

The former international midfielder was given permission to discuss the role on Monday by Sheffield United, where he has been in charge since August.

Discussions progressed at pace over the next 24 hours and he was officially unveiled as Wales manager on Tuesday afternoon.

The post he inherits had been vacant since John Toshack stepped down from the role on 9th September.

Chris Coleman, John Hartson, Brian Flynnand ex-Sweden boss Lars Lagerback were all interviewed for the position last week, but Speed has landed the job. (Sky Sports)

Without wishing to be too disparaging, one wonders what the Welsh FA believes any manager can achieve given the relative paucity of talent available to their national team bosses. John Toshack clearly didn’t do that well but what exactly can Gary Speed be expected to achieve?

Wales will always struggle to qualify and therefore anything below that impossible task are just varying degrees of failure. Gary Speed is a promising young boss who didn’t exactly set the world alight during his time at Bramall Lane. The Welsh supporters will be hoping the former playing legend can inspire his charges and that they can make some head way after losing their opening three Euro 2012 qualification matches. His first competitive match will be at the Millennium stadium with England as the visitors.

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