Gareth Bale is hopeful Wales can honour Gary Speed by building on the work he had done with the national side.

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Speed died at his home on the outskirts of Chester on Sunday, with police saying there were no suspicious circumstances.

Tributes have flooded in for the former Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United midfielder, with PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor describing the loss as a light going out in football.

Tottenham winger Bale has admitted the news came as a terrible shock but is hopeful the team can pay their own tribute by building on their recent run of good form that came under Speed's guidance.

"It was a massive shock, I don't think anybody ever thought anything like this would happen," Bale told Tottenham's official website. "Everyone is devastated and it is a massive loss to everyone in football.

"It is a tragedy, everyone still can't get their head around it and all our condolences go out to his family and his kids. It is a hard time."

A recent run of four wins in five games had raised hope Wales could make a strong challenge in World Cup qualifying.

"We were on the up, he changed the way we play and the whole mentality of our game," Bale said. "It is a massive loss, but we will try and carry on the best we can in his honour."

Cheshire Police said on Monday the inquest into Speed's death will be opened at Warrington Coroner's Court on Tuesday at 3pm.