Wales aspirations must wait as Speed spills blood for Bolton
Gary Speed suffered a blow on the head that would have rendered most men speechless, best replica canada goose jacket but buy canada goose parka cheap canada goose coat 1000 the veteran midfielder was not only able to stay on and inspire Bolton Wanderers to a crucial victory but also bring some clarity best canada goose jacket to his immediate future for club and country.
Speed engineered the winning goal for Kevin Davies on the stroke of half-time, despite needing five stitches to a head wound after a sickening clash with his team-mate Iván Campo. The collision on 15 minutes left him bloodied but unbowed, but the prognosis for Campo was more bleak. The former Real Madrid player had to undergo minor plastic surgery to repair a muscle injury beneath his eye socket and will be out for two to three weeks, though an x-ray revealed that there was no fracture.
Speed had to leave the field four times to change his bloodstained shirt and shorts – he went through five shirts and three pairs of shorts – but showed his unrelenting commitment to the Bolton cause, most significantly by declaring that canada goose coat 1000 bulbs free his loyalties lay with the Premiership club despite speculation that he is to be offered the chance to succeed Mark canada goose coat 1000 calorie Hughes as the Wales manager.
Speed, who announced his retirement from international football last week having won 85 caps, admits his appetite for playing still burns bright but said that combining the two roles would be too much to ask.
“I’ve got to give my focus and commitment 100% to Bolton and I don’t think I can do that if I tried to combine the two roles,” he said.
“If the FAW asked to talk to me then I would listen to what they had to say, but realistically I don’t think it would be possible to do that job and keep on playing here.
“And I certainly want to keep playing in the Premiership for as long as I can. I wouldn’t do anything that would hamper or jeopardise my career here.
“Anybody with aspirations to be a manager knows that fulfilling the role with your country is the top honour. But you only get one crack best mens canada goose parka at it and would want to give it your best shot. If it came to me now, would I be giving it my best price canada goose jacket outlet usa online store best shot while I’m still playing at Bolton? I don’t think so.
“To be perfectly honest I’m not even thinking about it. The most important thing is getting the right guy in for the task of taking the team forward. canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland Welsh football is more important than any individual.”
The result left Crystal Palace rooted to the foot of the Premiership and facing a long, bleak winter, but their manager Iain Dowie refused to be downbeat. “If we canada goose coat 1000 bulbs do end up getting relegated it won’t be down to a lack of guts or fighting spirit. There is still a long way read more here to go and we’ll hang in there,” he said.
Man of the match: Gary Speed (Bolton)