Naming tribute to former Lane chief Speed

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The inaugural UK Football Academy symposium, which is scheduled to be held at the Emirates Stadium next month, has been renamed the Gary Speed Football Congress as a tribute to the former Welsh manager who was once in charge of Sheffield United.

Speed, who passed away last year, had been due to speak at the event which aims to share information and techniques from some of the game’s most accomplished coaches and practitioners.

Raymond Verheijen, who founded the UKFA with fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink, also revealed that all monies raised by the conference will be donated to a charity chosen by Speed’s widow Louise.

Speed’s close friend, Alan Shearer, said: “Speedo’s forward thinking transformed the Wales national team.”

Verheijen, Hiddink, Sam Allardyce and Damien Roden, previously Wales’ head of performance, are all set to visit London on February 8.