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30 January 2012, 15:26
The inquest has been taking place into the apparent suicide of Bolton legend Gary Speed.
The court has heard the former Wales manager texted his wife days before his death in Cheshire and ``talked in terms of taking his life',
Speed, who played for Sheffield United, Everton, Newcastle, Leeds and Bolton, was found hanged at his Cheshire home last November by his wife Louise.
Mrs Speed told the inquest in Warrington that she had had a text conversation with her husband just days before he died.
The inquest heard he had talked in terms of taking his life but that he ``dismissed it'', saying that he was ``excited'' about the future with his wife and two sons.
Mrs Speed said the text referred to their ``ups and downs'' but went on about ``how important the boys were'' and about ``moving forward''.
The inquest heard that the couple ``had words'' on the night before he was found dead after they had been to a dinner party at a friend's house.
``We walked in the house and we had an exchange of words about something and nothing,'' Mrs Speed said. The court also heard she went for a drive to clear her head after the exchange and then slept in the car. She found his body in the garage the next morning.