Hughes backs Speed to manage Wales

Mark Hughes has endorsed Gary Speed's credentials to become the next Wales coach.

Speed, currently manager of Sheffield United, won 85 caps for Wales and also captained the team. He has been strongly linked with the national team vacancy and reports suggest the Football Association of Wales is keen to interview him.

The former Wales manager Hughes believes Speed would be a strong appointment. "It's understandable that Gary is being spoken of for the job," said Hughes yesterday. "When I left myself, I recommended that Gary speak to the Football Association of Wales. He felt that at that time it was too soon.

"As a captain he was outstanding and showed leadership qualities as a player."

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