BOTH Hucknall Town boss Des Lyttle and director of football Michael Johnson have added their tributes to Wales manager Gary Speed, who was tragically found hanged at his home.
Although they never played for the same clubs, Lyttle and Johnson were contemporaries of Speed (42).
Lyttle remembers playing against him several times, describing him as “firm but fair”.
“Mark Crossley (former Forest goalkeeper) was a good friend of his, so we came across each other socially too,” said the Town boss.
“I echo all that’s been said about him. He seemed a brilliant lad and it is a big shock.”
Johnson tweeted: “I had to let the news sink in. Not only was Gary Speed a great competitor and man, he was also an icon in the Premier League. Football mourns a legend.”