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Dutchman Raymond Verheijen is made Gary Speed deputy

Gary Speed
Speed signed a three-and-a-half year deal to be manager in December 2010

Wales manager Gary Speed has confirmed Dutchman Raymond Verheijen as his new assistant manager.

Verheijen, 39, is well-known for his expertise on tactics, planning and conditioning.

He has worked with some of the best coaches including Frank Rijkaard, Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat.

"I'm delighted to have Raymond on board as part of my team. I look forward to working closely with him over the next few years," said Speed.

Verheijen has been renowned for helping former Wales captain Craig Bellamy get through his on-going knee problems.

Verheijen has also worked with four different countries - the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Australia - helping reaching the sides reach a total of five semi-finals in major tournaments.

On Twitter Verheijen saaid: "Really looking forward to this new challenge.

"Top quality backroom staff appointed by Gary Speed has been the main reason to take the job."

Wales will be hoping that Verheijen's experience will be beneficial as Speed looks to qualify for major finals for the first time since 1958.

"Raymond's experience will prove invaluable and his credentials are first class," added Speed.

The Speed-Verheijen partnership begins when Wales take on Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup match in Dublin on Tuesday, 8 February.

In October Belamy heaped praise on Verheijen's training methods.

"Thanks to Raymond, I only train 50% of what I used to train in the past, but now I train at 120mph," he said

"As a result, I have never felt better before. Last season, in the Premier League, I was in the top three players with the highest work-rate.

"That's why I have asked Raymond to join me at whatever club I would go. He's with me at Cardiff two days per week to develop my individual periodisation.

"I pay for his services myself which proves that for me being top fit is more important than money."



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see also
Republic of Ireland v Wales (Wed)
07 Feb 11 |  Welsh
Wales unveil Speed as new manager
14 Dec 10 |  Welsh
Training plan 'revived Bellamy'
06 Dec 10 |  Cardiff


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