Former Newcastle and England great, Paul Gascoigne, has come out today and surprisingly said that football clubs should not stop players from drinking.
Paul Gascoigne – looks great again – but against drink ban
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has said he will ban alcohol following Ledley King’s arrest for an alleged assault outside a London nightclub the other night, which has brought the player and the Spurs club into disrepute.
Of course Paul has had his own battles with alcohol, and has a bad year last year but we are delighted that Paul seems to be getting his life back together again – and you can be sure if Newcastle can save their season, he’ll be even happier.
Paul is one of the most skillful players ever to come out of Newcastle, and although he was a great player, he still didn’t quite fulfill his enormous potential.
Paul thinks players are under enormous pressure and need to relax, as he talked today about the Ledley King affair:
“It’s a little lesson for Ledley King. That’s OK. He’ll learn from that, there’s not a problem, leave the kid alone. What can you do?”
There’s nothing wrong with that at all if it’s controlled, but once players start drinking too much, like Paul did, it becopmes a huge problem for them.
The old adage of everything in moderation – is so true.
Gascoigne has long fought a public battle with alcohol and drugs, and he’s right to say there are pressures on modern day footballers, but given the money the earn, why wouldn’t there be?
There are significant pressure on business executives too, who don’t get anywhere near the wages these footballers make, and yet have enormous responsibilities compared to what players do, that’s for sure.
“Now there’s twice as many paparazzis, I’ve got followed today all day from nine o’clock. Four paparazzi would not leave us alone and you’re going to get that now. It’s just how you cope with them.”
“Players are under a lot of pressure, sometimes they need to relax. In Holland some players smoke after games, not many English players smoke. They get provoked like I was provoked.”
Paul Gascoigne went on to mention some top players and personaltieis who have coped well with their stardom, such as Gary Lineker and new Newcastle manager, Alan Shearer.
“I enjoyed my time. Sometimes people don’t leave me alone to get on with my life. Sometimes it gets too much.”
“I’m doing well. I’m happy the way life’s going for us at the moment, as long as I keep it like that. The support I’m getting from the public is fantastic.”
“I’m trying to make up for what I lost in 2008, which was a bad year for me.” “Now I’m trying to pull it back by doing the right things and trying to help other people.”
“The people that helped me – and try and re-pay them back for the help they gave me.”
One good reason we wanted to put out this story is that we’d heard Paul was now doing a lot lot better, after having had a terrible year last year, when he looked almost down and out, and was even said to be close to suicide.
Whether Paul likes it or not, the man is always going to be loved and supported, for what he did in football, and it’s not a disgrace to show human failings, because let’s face it – we all have them. It’s getting past them where the victory lies.
We sincerely hope Paul continues his recovery, in which he’s shown significant courage, and we hope to see him at Newcastle’s Premier League games next season. 😀