The former Newcastle and Everton midfielder was found dead in his Cheshire home at the weekend, with sources confirming that he took his own life.
Bale was part of Speed’s Wales team that has won four of their last five games, and the 2010/11 PFA Player of the Year wants the good form to continue in the departed coach’s honour.
“It was a massive shock, I don’t think anybody ever thought anything like this would happen,” Bale told The Telegraph.
“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.
“We were on the up, he changed the way we play and the whole mentality of our game. It is a massive loss, but we will try and carry on the best we can in his honour,” he concluded.
Bale is only one of countless players, coaches and officials in the game to herald Speed’s contribution to the sport and offer messages of condolences to his family.
By Gareth McKnight