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Wales manager search put on hold
Published : 29 Nov 2011 14:56:00Rss feed
The Football Association of Wales council will not hold talks over finding a successor for Gary Speed when they meet on Thursday, Press Association Sport understands.
Reports had suggested that Thursday's meeting would include tentative talks over finding the man to fill the void left by the death of manager Speed at his family home in Cheshire on Sunday at the age of 42.
But it is understood that the FAW consider any discussions of such a nature to be highly insensitive given that Speed's funeral has yet to take place, with any deliberations set to be put on hold until at least the next council meeting in late December.
Wales do not have a game until a planned friendly in February, against as yet unnamed opposition.
A stream of tributes have poured in from around the world in memory of the former Wales, Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, speaking during a press conference ahead of the Europa League meeting with PAOK, said: "Like everyone involved in football there's been nothing else you can think about all weekend.
"Ever since I heard the news on Sunday I just can't get it out of mind. It's unbelievable. A lad I've never heard anyone say a bad word about, everyone loved him. The most unlikely lad you can ever see doing something like that. It's beyond belief. Unbelievable."
The FAW have opened a book of condolence at their headquarters in Cardiff while tributes have been left outside the grounds of Speed's former clubs.
FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford spoke on Monday of the organisation's desire to find a fitting tribute to the late Wales manager. It is understood one of the options is for the February friendly to be used as an opportunity to celebrate Speed's life and career.