Keegan, Newcastle United To Help Gascoigne – Great

Kevin Keegan has put some good news out today that our club Newcastle United, will offer full support to Paul Gascoigne as the Dunston-born player experiences a very difficult phase of his life.


Paul Gascoigne – Newcastle United will help their former player – great

At the press conference today for the Newcastle – Manchester United game, Kevin said:

“It’s sad, but maybe what has happened now will be a turning point for him, and instead of looking on it as something that is really bad, this might be the best thing.”

“I have talked with his Dad and one of his sisters and I know it looks negative, but I think it is a massive positive for Paul Gascoigne from all the information I have had.”

“This is a good thing for him and although in the short term, it does not look that way, in the long term, I think it will prove to be really important in the life of Paul Gascoigne.”

“He was my boot boy when I was a player here back in 1983-84 – and not a very good boot boy!”

“He lost one of my boots, and I was scoring quite a lot of goals that season, so I can remember giving him a bit of a run-over for that. He wanted to prove to his mates that he was my boot boy!”

“We as a club will do everything we can to help. His family know that, we have talked with them, and we can help a lot.”

These things are very sad, but they happen and you’ve got to deal with them. Paul was a fabulous player and we think it’s just great that the club are willing to offer Paul their help.

This is very good news also for Paul’s family, who are apparently delighted that the Newcastle United club are so are willing to help.

There are certain characters who will always be part of Newcastle United and Paul is one of them, as is Bobby Robson and others who are indelibly linked with the club for whatever reason.

A good move by Newcastle United – and the very best of luck to Paul for a good, solid and speedy recovery.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Mitch H

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s the best English footballer of a generation. An insperational footballer, & a geordie to boot.

    NUFC should do all they can to help him.

    Let him work with the kids, he would do a superb job.

    Get well soon Gazza, we all luv ya ta bits !!

  • willowtoon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Gazza needs to be on the training ground and feeling useful. Working at NUFC with the kids and messing around will give him back a purpose.

    He never grew up and has a lot of negativity around him. Being around Kevin and back in a familiar place would really help him.

    Well done NUFC if this happens.

  • steve

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Unfortunately Gazza has needed help for a very long time, he needs to get off the drink completely as well as sort his mental state out.
    Hopefully it’s not to late and he’ll actually start listening, although I fear for him if he doesn’t, good to see nufc haven’t forgotten one of their own

    Best of luck Gazza

  • Tom

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #4



  • Edd Case

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5

    This is a brilliant idea.

    Exactly what Paul needs.
    Stability, sanity, a calming environment, stress free and around lots of mature, supportive and caring people, like Joey Barton or Terry Mac, for example.

    Forget the priory, what better place on Earth to let someone who’s just been sectioned under the Mental Health Act recover from a (tempory) loss of sanity, than St James’s Park.

    There’s a hideously funny comedy scetch just begging to be written on all this.

    Tom Toon?

  • philip gage

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #6

    As I said yesterday when I posted a blog to this site I was tremendously sad to hear the news about Gazza. Say what you will of him he is just a big daft kid who doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. As a lifelong Sunderland supporter I usually hate anything to do with the mags, except when they have a player in England colours of course. (Shame on those who boo’d Martin Smith in the u 21’s at SJP.) Gazza is an exception. In his pomp Gazza was the best player of his generation – in the world! He was also a lovely – if daft – lad. He had many nights out in Sunderland and the craic was mighty. Banter abounded and unlike – dare I say it – a Sunderland player out in the “toon” he was always given a warm welcome. He took the banter in good heart and gave as good as he got. I have never met anyone from Sunderland who came across the guy who has a bad word to say. The lad is obviously at a low point in his life and he should be informed of how much affection there is out here for him. Hopefully if he knew that he could take strength from it. Get well soon son – we are all behind you and thinking of you – even here in Sunderland! Or is that especially?

    Keep sticking your tongue out at the world Gazza! It makes us smile 🙂

  • nate dawg

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #7

    hi have been looking at your blog for ages but have never posted b4 , gazza would be perfect working with the reserves and the youth squad. ed that footy live i clicked your link but cant find out how to join it any help?

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #8

    out of 788 votes, cacapa is the person in the list who people wouldnt mind staying

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9

    who cares what duff wants, he can f**k off aswell. i dont want either

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10

    No comprende Edd Case.

  • Ian

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with Steve, no drink at all.

    I think he needs to start a regime for himself, up at 5am, go for a walk or a run, in to work at Newcastle always home by 9.30pm so he can get up again, no pubs, bars or clubs for any reason.

    Unless he moves to a 100% day life and doesnt have a single drink again, get a stomach patch or something everything is going to get worse.

    Look even with the last episode no-one has a bad word for him, everyone wants him to succeed, says a lot about his personality doesnt it.

    I would love to see him put something back into the club, the kids would love Gazza and Beardsley.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom_Toon – I rightly or wrongly associate you with being able to write humerous posts?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Right if your talking about the ones that i think are humorous, but wrongly if your talking about the ones i think your talking about. But in that case id say the ‘lets get ronaldinho’ posts are more amusing.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #14

    natee dawg – thanks for posting – I’ll take a look at get some information on Liv Footy for you – and put it up here – give me 10 mins

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #15

    nate dawg

    For FootyLive first download TVUPlayer from here –

    Then go to LiveFooty on site below – and click on one of the streams that are currently broadcasting – it should all work

    They can charge anywhere up to 10 pounds/ year – but you can also get it for free at the above site.

  • Edd Case

    Feb 22, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom Toon, wasn’t it you that wrote a script or something similar not long ago?
    I’m sure it was you and it made me chuckle.

    Not to worry, like.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounds familiar, cant recall it clearly though.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 22, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Paul Gascoigne was a fantastic player and is a fantastic bloke, i hope he comes through this bad spell in his life and gets back into the swing of things asap, i read his book and i pissed myself laughing all the way through. Gazza is a legend and i wish him all the best 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 22, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Philip – I read you comment yesterday – and this is a nice opportunity for us to put something out that is a positive about Paul’s situation. Agree with your comments completely!
    Once he’s right again we should get him on the staff along with Peter Beardsley. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Kevin has already thought about that. Keegan is such a great guy!

  • Leo*

    Feb 22, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #20

    it makes me hurt seeing that picture of our gazza, he is not looking too good.

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Feb 22, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Poor Gazza – just a nice Geordie boy at heart. Love and best wishes to you, pet.


    Feb 22, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Aye get well soon gazza we all love ya xxx Defo the best player ive seen in a black and white shirt and also the funniest trainer ive seen also. The mans a legend!!!

  • bottlodog

    Feb 22, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #23

    well said phillip – sometimes the ridiculous tribalism of the football supporter needs to be put to one side – especially at times like these when someone who has given so much to so many needs the support of all of us
    I feel for gazza – we’re here for you bonny lad

  • m.

    Feb 22, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #24

    get well Gazza!!! while you ain’t drinking, I’ll drink for you!!!

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 22, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m amazed and happy at all the supportive comments for Gazza.
    I too wish him a quick and speedy recovery and if SJP can help in any way to help and support him and his family then that is fantastic too.

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  • m.

    Feb 23, 2008 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #26

    i’m drunk right now – and hope gazza gets well and does so!

  • Michael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    I wish “Gazza” as you less eloquently put it well. This is a business, not a mental hospital. I agree Newcastle can offer mental support and perhaps financial support but to let him work for us, with the kids demonstrates the lunacy in the people that have contrived such a stupid suggestion.

    No “Gazza” must not work for Newcastle, Because we love him, he is qualified to work with the kids, in an ideal world, all Newcastle legends will work in a harmonious environment, working ‘synergistically’ and congruently taking NEwcastle to the top of the league and into the final of the Champions league.

    This is the sort of Madness that brought that “jester” KEvin keegan back and has emphasized my point. Because we love them, must they work for Newcastle. You muppets need to get real. This guy needs a mental hospital and is aware of what he does and knowingly makes the decision he makes.

  • jeff

    Feb 23, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Get well soon Gazza………Some people dont realise what an actual nice bloke Gazza is…Ive met him a few times,and had a good few hours in his company with wor lass and 2 other mates playing pool in a pub in dunston (and in that time he only had 1 glass of wine) brilliant crack,brilliant person..and always called you by your name..He was always interested in what you did eg job life everything…Infact I remember asking nervously for his autograph for a mate who idolised gazza at Rangers,so I went upto him and said paul do you mind if I got your autograph,and he turned and said.jeff Id prefer if you asked like this….Gazza giz your fu**ing autograph man….Quality person…..and an absolute genius on the football pitch……….the goal against scotland at wembley is one of wembleys greatest ever goals…….I hope the toon find a place for him to help the kids in the academy,,,
    All the best Gazza


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