"The question I keep asking myself, and have done so since I heard the dreadful news, is: Why? Why Speedo didn't you give me or one of your other close mates a ring if you were feeling so bad?" - Alan Shearer, who played with Speed at Newcastle, in an article written in the Sun.
"I am totally devastated. Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a team-mate and friend. Words cannot begin to describe how sad I feel at hearing this awful news. It goes without saying my thoughts are with his family at this tremendously sad time." - Ryan Giggs, who played with Speed for Wales
"He was ordinary as a bloke, very nice, very genuine, very honest, very hardworking. He was a joy to manage. I think I played Gary in every position apart from goalkeeper, and never even once did his face change or did he seem annoyed when I told him." - Howard Wilkinson, Speed's manager at Leeds
"The world has lost a great man in Gary Speed I'm devastated. I spoke to him yesterday morning. Why? Why? Why? I'll miss him so much. He was upbeat on phone yesterday when we were laughing together, talking football and dancing he was a great team-mate and a great friend." - Robbie Savage, another Wales team-mate of Speed
"We genuinely at the moment have no clue whatsoever what has caused it and I have been with the family all day. Everybody is asking the same question and no one has an answer. We are all in shock. The one thing the family and me as one of his closest friends would totally refute is that (he had bouts of drespression). There was no indication of any problems and never has been." - Speed's agent Hayden Evans, who was also best man at Speed's wedding.
Elsewhere in football
"AC Milan came in for Didier on loan with an option to buy but I said 'No' straight away. Their offer did not interest us. At Didier's age, he has nothing left to prove as a player. He will go where he is offered the most money. It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia. Once you are well into your thirties you have to go to a club where you can be certain you'll be able to pay your bills." - refreshing honesty from Didier Drogba's agent Thierno Seydi
In their opinion we were paid workforce. They thought we were Sports Direct and we should do what the subordinates at Sports Direct do, forgetting they were dealing with 20-odd egos, probably 10 self-sufficient men in a position to make a number of different judgements. It's no coincidence that I was given away," Joey Barton says the bonus structure at Newcastle is why he left the club.
"In a week when one of Newcastle United's most beloved footballers passed away, it is disappointing that once again Joey Barton makes the headlines. It is also unfortunate that Joey chose to draw such a disparaging comparison between himself and the employees of Sports Direct, who through hard work and dedication are the recipients of one of the most generous bonus schemes in UK retailing. It may not be a lot of money to Joey, but over 2,000 Sports Direct employees earning £20,000 will receive shares worth over £44,000 over the next two years," Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias hits back at Barton.
"Seen Llambias's comments, he is crass and has no class. I'll leave it for another day but if he wants to take a polygraph live on TV, let's do it. Not only do I have insurmountable amounts of proof (texts etc) but also about six other players who will concur. Am ready when you are Derek...If he's worried now, him and his fat mate should be s***ting it, if I decide to write a book. There'll be no holding back on those two muppet," and back and forth we go with Barton again.
"I feel physically sick. Anyone watching that would think it's like a pub team really. It's unacceptable. I'm embarrassed here coming to see you guys. I'm embarrassed walking past those supporters of ours who've travelled all that way to watch absolute garbage," Ipswich boss Paul Jewell attacks his team's performance against Burnley.
"We are in a position where we have forfeited going through and having the chance to reach a cup final. We have games against sides within touching distance of us in the league. We need to treat those games as cup finals," Steve Kean offers an excuse for his team's defeat against Cardiff in the Carling Cup that is hardly going to endear him to the Rovers faithful.
Best of the rest
"This was the strongest finish I've ever had in my career, which I'm very proud of. I'm looking forward to next year. I'm really excited. To win Grand Slams would be nice [next year]. I've missed out on a few occasions now this year, and maybe also some last year. So I feel like it might be around the corner. Maybe not. But I think the prospects are good," look out tennis world, Roger Federer feels he is back after winning the ATP Tour Finals in London.
"I would not have come back if I wasn't motivated. There is always a lot of talk about motivation but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself so I don't really care about what people say. But I'm happy to be coming back. I wouldn't put my name onto a contract if I didn't think I'd really enjoy it so it will be interesting and exciting to get back!," Kimi Raikkonen talks about his impending return to the F1 grid.
The most important thing is to make an apology to the fans and people who love the game for the performance of the World Cup and the surrounding events. We've fundamentally let ourselves down and the sport of rugby down. It's important we recognise that standards of performance and behaviour were below what we would expect," - the RFU's new acting CEO Stephen Brown apologises for the national team's behaviour and performances at the World Cup.
"I think it could have a good impact to be honest, it gives him (Mitch) some time away from the game...," Australia captain Michael Clarke was clearly gutted about inconsistent paceman Mitchell Johnson's five-month injury lay off.