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I COULDN'T SAY NO.

Byline: MARK CURRIE

NEW Wales boss Gary Speed admitted the opportunity to manage his country was too good to turn down after being unveiled as John Toshack's successor yesterday.

Racecourse boss plays down link to Blades PAGES 38,39 The 41-year-old was given permission on Monday by Sheffield United to speak to the Football Association of Wales after they identified him as their preferred candidate. "It's something that's very difficult to turn down when your country comes calling. I'm a very proud man at this moment to be asked to be the manager of Wales," Speed said after being presented to the media at a press conference at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel.

On his departure from Bramall Lane, he said: "These things happen in football, where the timing's not always great.

"I was disappointed to leave Sheffield United because I feel I had a job to do there and was fully committed but obviously when your country comes calling it's a tough decision you have to make. I feel in my heart it's the right one.

"To be fair to them they've been fantastic throughout and made the decision really easy for me."

FULL STORY PLUS FLYNN VOWS TO STAY AS U21 MANAGER - PAGES 38,39
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2010
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