Really terrible news today as Paul Gascoigne’s 12-year-old son fears his father, the former Newcastle United and England great, is probably going to die soon.
Gasgoine - BBC documentary airs January 5th on down and out player
Regan is well aware of his father’s troubles, as he has witnessed the famous footballer’s battle with drug and alcohol problems all his life.
In a TV interview for a BBC documentary to be aired early in the new year Ryan says:
“He’s probably going to die soon. I don’t think there’s any point helping him. We’re wasting our time.”
“If I could wish, I would wish that he would go away from us.”
“Everyone thinks he’s Gazza but because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad or a good person to be with, does it, really?”
The title of the documentary is Surviving Gazza, and it will be shown on Channel 4 on Monday January 5th.
The documentary shows Regan, Gascoigne`s former wife Sheryl, 43, and two of her children from a previous marriage (Bianca, 22, and Mason, 19), track down the former great to a Portugal hotel and Gascoine says:
“I’ve got food disorder, got bipolar, mood swings, anxiety. I drank when I was sad. And yes, I must admit I thought of dying.”
Paul is now 41 years old and doesn’t look very healthy, to say the least, and of course he has been treated on many many occasions for drug and alcohol abuse, and also for his mental health condition, which is hardly good.
Even during his career Paul was plagued by personal problems, and earlier this year when his plight was made known, then manager Kevin Keegan and the club said they would help him, but with what’s happened at Newcastle since then, we’d be surprised if any of that has happened.
We hope the Newcastle United club, or someone can help Paul, before it’s too late, because this story is disturbing, to say the least.
This is certainly not the way we want any of our former players to end up.