The Daily Express reports that five players have been in contact with Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance clinic, which helps sports stars deal with problems concerning alcohol, drug abuse and depression.

Chief executive of the clinic Peter Kay said: “I’ve received emails and phone calls from five players since Gary Speed’s passing, all of whom have said, ‘I have got to do something about this. I need help’

“It is fair to say Gary’s death has prompted them to ask for help.

“Actually admitting you need help is one of the hardest and bravest decisions to make and at the clinic we will do all we can to try and get their lives back together.”

To Speed’s friends and family, his suicide remains a mystery as they report seeing no signs of depression.

An inquest into Speed’s death has opened today, Cheshire Police have confirmed.