Couldn’t believe the news earlier today when I heard that Gary Speed had died, aged just 42. I was further shocked when I hear it was suicide.

After an amazing footballing career, he was now the Wales national team manager, and appeared on BBC’s football show just yesterday. The stature of the man was proved by fans, players and managers today, with ex-team mate Shay Given reduced to tears ahead of the 0-0 draw as Villa played Swansea, during what started as a minute’s silence ending as spontaneous applause.

He left behind two children and a wife, the whole thing seems bizarre right now, and everyone is waiting to hear the reason behind the decision to take his own life.