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Former Leeds manager talks Gary Speed and claims Vinnie Jones considered suicide

Former Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson has revealed that Vinnie Jones once considered suicide.

It comes after details about the death of former Whites player Gary Speed have been revealed by the legend’s wife Louise Speed in a new book.

In extracts from it, Wilkinson, who managed Gary between 1988 and 1996, opened up on how he learned about of his death.

“I got that dreadful phone call from Gordon Strachan. He said: “Gary’s died?” “Gary who?” I replied,” Wilkinson said.

“Gary,” said Strach. “Speedo.” I was surprised, shocked, stunned – it was hard, almost impossible, to take in.”

“Career-wise, he had everything in front of him. It’s all hard to understand but something that Vinnie Jones once told me has stayed with me and is important when you consider what happened to Gary.

“I was expressing my disbelief – how can anybody do that? Vinnie then disclosed he had once been on the verge of doing the same thing. An inexplicable dark moment he did not see coming.”

The book, Gary Speed: Unspoken – The Family’s Untold Story, comes out tomorrow, with a donation being made by Leeds Live to the Heads Together campaign.


Football fans have given their thoughts on the book as well as helplines and links for those who might be experiencing depression – check out those tweets in the next page.


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