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Swansea City fail in second approach for Gary Speed

By David Dulin
BBC Sport Wales

Gary Speed is currently a coach at Sheffield United
Gary Speed is currently a coach at the Blades with a year left on his contract

Sheffield United have confirmed they have turned down a second approach from Swansea City who want to talk to Gary Speed over their vacant manager post.

Speed flew to Malta on Monday with United where he is on the coaching staff.

The Swans initial approach for the ex-Wales captain was rebuffed last week.

"Gary is very disappointed Sheffield United have refused him permission to talk to Swansea," a source close to 40-year-old Speed said on Sunday.

"He wanted to [talk to Swansea] and fancied the job.

"He's been trying since Thursday to get them to change their mind given he only has one year left on his [Blades] coaching contract and has made it clear he would like the Swansea job."

Eighty-five cap Speed, 40, who was born in Mancot, Flintshire, has gained his Uefa pro licence coaching qualification and has made no secret of his desire to one day become a manager.

As a player, Speed featured for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers before joining the Blades, becoming the first footballer to reach 500 Premier League appearances.

United say they expect their second refusal to be the end of the matter.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said he wanted to fill the post, vacated by Paulo Sousa a week ago, by Monday.

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But after enjoying little progress over the weekend it has been looking less likely that he will meet his target.

It is understood it could even take "a few more days" to make an official announcement with "two or three" contenders still in the running.

Former assistant manager Graeme Jones has been one of the other frontrunners for the job.

Jones, 40, left the Swans last summer to continue as Roberto Martinez's assistant when the Spaniard took charge at Wigan Athletic.

He enjoyed winning promotion from League One in 2008 as champions and, in their first season back at Championship level, the Swans flirted with the play-offs and was known to be a popular figure around the Liberty Stadium.

Jenkins, who lost boss Paulo Sousa to Leicester last week after just a year in charge, said on Saturday that any talk that Jones had already been offered the job was "complete lies".

Jones was in Wales at the weekend as part of a pre-planned visit to south Wales.

Pre-season training is being taken by coaches Alan Curtis and Colin Pascoe until Sousa's successor is found.

The Swans are due to travel to Hereford for a friendly on Tuesday which will be followed by the short trip to Neath two days later.



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