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Sheffield United announce Gary Speed as new manager

Gary Speed
Speed made 85 Wales appearances - a record for an outfield player.

Sheffield United have confirmed Gary Speed has been appointed their new manager on a three-year contract.

The 40-year-old ex-Wales international replaces Kevin Blackwell, who left the club after Saturday's 3-0 loss to QPR.

"I am delighted my first managerial role is with the Blades - I've enjoyed my two and a half years here," Speed told the club website.

"I thank the board for putting faith in me to take the club forward following on from Kevin Blackwell's hard work."

Chief executive Trevor Birch added: "He has exciting plans for the club and we will do everything in our power to back him."

Sam Ellis will remain in the assistant manager's position and Speed is expected to appoint a new first-team coach in the next few days.

His first match in charge will be the Blades' Championship fixture away at Middlesbrough.

Speed, who has completed his Uefa Pro Licence, retired from playing football last season to take up his role as first-team coach at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United blocked Championship rivals Swansea City's approach for the former Premier League midfielder about their then vacant managerial role in July.

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The South Yorkshire side currently lie 23rd in the Championship table following the defeat by QPR and an opening-day draw at Cardiff.

On Wednesday they were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League One side Hartlepool.

Speed enjoyed a distinguished stint in English football's top flight during an 18-year career with Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers.



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see also
Savage backs Speed for Blades job
15 Aug 10 |  Sheff Utd
Boss Blackwell leaves Sheff Utd
14 Aug 10 |  Sheff Utd
Sheff Utd 0-3 QPR
14 Aug 10 |  Championship
Speed admits managerial ambition
06 Aug 10 |  Sheff Utd
Swansea fail in second Speed bid
12 Jul 10 |  Swansea


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