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Speed set for more responsibility

Blades experienced midfielder Gary Speed
Speed is the record Premier League appearance holder (Getty)

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell hopes to increase veteran midfielder Gary Speed's coaching duties next season.

The former Wales captain, 38, has expressed a wish to carry on playing next season and Blackwell thinks he can handle a player-coach role.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I've got to make a decision on the coaching staff for next season.

"And I've already given Gary certain aspects of coaching."

He added: "When you get to a certain age you don't have to flog the body every day, fitness is about maintaining the body at that age."

see also
Speed wants to carry on playing
01 Apr 08 |  Sheff Utd
Blades complete Speed loan deal
02 Jan 08 |  Sheff Utd
Speed steps down as Bolton coach
11 Oct 07 |  Bolton Wanderers

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