Date: 28th November 2011 at 7:49pm
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AFC Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald has described Wales manager Gary Speed as ‘an absolute gentleman’.

MacDonald met Speed whilst at his former club Swansea, having earned his first international cap a few months earlier from Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn.

MacDonald grew up watching Speed playing for Wales and was left shocked by the tragic news of his death on Sunday.

MacDonald told

‘I met him at the Liberty Stadium once he had taken the Wales job, a lot of the lads there went to have a quick chat with him, he seemed to be an absolute gentleman. Everyone I’ve spoken to always speaks really highly of him, it shows in Wales’ recent results that he had a lot of talent and he was well respected.

‘I grew up watching the Premier League and Gary stood out as a player who had the right attitude, was very professional and was an idol in a lot of people’s eyes. I looked up to him for the player he was and the career he had. I’m just shocked by it.’

‘Swansea fans are amazing and I knew that already. They get behind anyone who represents Wales, and it was a fitting tribute with everyone singing his name. He was an amazing guy and that’s what he deserved…’

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