As we are still left shocked by the tragic Gary Speed news that broke on Sunday, one ex-Newcastle player led a fitting tribute. Hugo Viana showed just what a class act he is by wearing the t-shirt (left) which said ‘Gary – Rest In Peace’ during Braga’s match against Porto on Sunday.
The 28-year-old didn’t have the most successful time on Tyneside, but he clearly appreciates the affect that Speed had on his career. Viana told the Evening Chronicle: “He was a role model for me as both a person and a player. I am proud to have shared some great moments with him. Gary was one of the warmest people you could meet.”
It seems like Speed had an effect on almost everyone he met, and it was no different for the Portugal midfielder who was brought to Newcastle by Sir Bobby Robson in 2002. After giving Gary his own tribute, Hugo also hopes that Newcastle can do the business for Speed as well.
Viana further said: “I hope that Newcastle get a great result, one Gary would have been proud of” when talking about Chelsea’s trip to St James’ Park on Saturday. Let’s hope we get a bumper crowd who can pay their respects to Speedo and cheer Newcastle on to a great win!