Speed managing Wales in 2011
|Full name||Gary Andrew Speed|
|Date of birth||8 September 1969|
|Place of birth||Mancot, Flintshire, Wales|
|Date of death||27 November 2011(aged 42)|
|Place of death||Huntington, Cheshire, England|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
If you've got aspirations to be a manager or coach, obviously coaching your country would be a great honour.
Everyone I know is fervently proud to be Welsh but you try not to be preachy about it. It's difficult at times. But when I go home to north Wales, or to somewhere I've never been in south Wales, I still feel at home because I'm in Wales. It's hard to explain.
A lot of people still disregard something like yoga. I would have as a young player. I would have been too busy playing golf or something.
I have won 85 caps and have had a great career with Wales and have enjoyed every minute of it.
If I had my time again and was able to change one thing from my career then I wouldn't have retired. I would have played for Wales longer.
I think it's unfair to criticise someone for not being Welsh, but the smaller the nation, the more patriotic you seem to be.
I love everything about playing for Newcastle, the club, the fans and the city.
Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That's the nature of being a goalkeeper.
I don't like the showy nationalism – a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag – that doesn't matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team.
I had a lot of times with Wales as well when we were getting beat – and beaten well – and you learn to deal with it. You learn that next time it happens, you roll your sleeves up and give everything for the team.
Everyone tells me to play as long as you can. Sometimes, it goes in one ear and out the other.
Goal scoring is a recurring theme. If you aren't scoring then you aren't going to win games. That's obvious.