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Can Newcastle Help Out Paul Gascoigne?

11:57 am, Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Former England great Paul Gascoigne, who was born and bred in Gateshead, just south of  Newcastle across the River Tyne, was arrested last night on drug charges.

Paul Gascoigne - in trouble with drugs again

The 43-year-old was held in jail overnight on suspicion of possessing a class A substance.

It’s not been a good week for the former Newcastle United player, as earlier in the week, Gascoigne had been warned that he could be could face jail time of he didn’t get his drinking under control, after he had been jailed after admitting a charge of drunk driving in front of Newcastle Magistrates.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police issued this statement today:

“At shortly after 5.30pm on Thursday, police attended a property in North Tyneside,” “A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug.”

“A second man, aged 43, was later arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.” “Both men are still in custody and inquiries are ongoing.”

Gascoigne has made it a very tough life for himself since he  retired from playing football, and Paul has suffered from many mental health problems, and was already due back in court on November 3rd for sentencing, even before this latest offense.

Life can be tough, there’s no doubt about that, but we still hope that somehow Paul can get his life under control, and we would have hoped the Newcastle club could bring him into the fold somehow, as perhaps a coach for the great youngsters we currently have on  Tyneside.

That’s one thing Paul would be very good at, and he could use his vast experience in football for the good of the youngsters at Newcastle, and the daily schedule would surely help him get his life back in order.

He would also have the respect of the  players at Newcastle, because he is one of the greatest players ever born and bred in the local area,  and that’s saying something.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon XI // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Sorry Ed. I’m not sure having him as a coach around the lads is a good idea.

    You have to want to be helped if you are to be helped.

  • 2 tom tomb // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    No one can help him I am sorry to say!

  • 3 NUFC_Richyg01 // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    How can you help someone who cant help themselves.

    Prison would probably be best for him.

  • 4 Popeye1098 // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    [McEnroe mode] Are you serious?!

    Paul Gascoigne is (was) an A1 Gold Star player. He’s also an A1 Gold Star prime numpty.

    1. He’s born and bred in Gateshead not Newcastle. Makes no difference perhaps, but why declare he’s from Newcastle?

    2. I know (knew) him.

    3. Mental illness or not, why should ANYONE feel sympathy for a bloke that repeatedly does the kind of things that he does? Wife beating, drunk, druggie? Because the nugget used to be a good footballer we forgive him all of the above do we?

    4. You think Newcastle youngsters need his influence do you?

    He needs to be kept as far away from all things toon related as possible. Wiser people than you and me seem to agree with me perhaps. Has he EVER been asked to become involved at the club by anyone in control there? Has even his most staunch supporters (The great BR for example) ever even suggested he had a role to play at Newcastle? Nope? No surprise really.

    The sooner he shuffles off, the sooner he’ll be at peace with himself. Until then, he’ll remian a “tormented soul.” It’s just who he is.

  • 5 Toon Sweden77 // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    To appoint Gazza as a coach would be like install Carroll and Barton as securityguards..

  • 6 NUFC_Richyg01 // Oct 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Gazza proved his level of instability when he rolled up offering support to Raul Moat!

  • 7 Davies // Oct 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Worst idea ever.

    The only person that can help Paul Gascoigne is Paul Gascoigne, and he doesn’t seem interested.

    To have the opportunities in life that he has had and to wind up in the position he’s in didn’t happen over night. He’s had more opportunities to put his life on track, and has more means than most people in the same position to do it, but he hasn’t. That takes a lot of effort.

    Even Georgie Best managed to keep hold of his marbles (most of them, anyway).

    The word tragedy doesn’t quite cover it, but there’s nothing anyone can do about it now. I hate to say this, but I can’t see things ending well for Gazza.

  • 8 Lynxie // Oct 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Well done Ed. You certainly got the desired response to your article. What Next, another handful of utter nonsense blockbusters such as
    1) ‘Garry Glitter – is he all bad? Why dont Mothercare hire him to raise thier profile and promote fun in the shops’
    2) ‘James Perch is an England international waiting to happen, why not give him the captains arm band and pay rise’.
    3) ‘Ex Toon legend Billy Whitehurst has fallen upon bad times, why not let him coach our strikers’?

    4) Kieron Dyer would just love the chance to get his career back on track in front of his beloved Newcastle fans….

    There, that was easy. Now why dont you put up some blogs which dont reek of desperation for something to write?
    As for Mr loveable rogue Gascoigne, I will feel sorry for him when he stops being a prize nacker.

  • 9 NUFC_Richyg01 // Oct 22, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    @ Lynxie // Oct 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    I think you are being VERY unfair there, Ed does a fantastic job with this forum.

    At the end of the day if you dont want to read the articles dont come on here, and definately dont come on here posting about a bad article.

  • 10 deeeeeeano // Oct 22, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Richyg01 no.6
    Not to mention some chicken, a fishing rod and a can of Skol LOL
    Gazza is as bad
    an example to have round the youngsters as Rose West is a baby sitter.
    He, for me, is with Peter Beardsley as the best British footballers that have graced the world never mind the region. And look at Beardo, at the other end of the spectrum, i know Beardo himself tried to get him on board and to success until he fell back off for the 100th time.
    Nee point slagging off the forum either, Ed just posts everything to do with the club and at the end of the day Gazza always will be a part of the club, its just a shame he cant sort himself out, gutted for him but also slightly disgusted at the same time.

  • 11 Popeye1098 // Oct 22, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Who’s slagging off the BLOG? It’s not a forum is it? The clue is in the title hinny!

    Not me anyway!

    Don’t be afraid of differing opinions! It’s what makes the world go around.

    If Ed spouts twaddle and asks for comments….what do you think people are going to say?

    PS can I nominate Gazza for a knighthood while we’re on?

  • 12 GeordieGerman // Oct 22, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I wouldn’t want him anywhere near my lad. Sorry.

  • 13 Black n whiteSi // Oct 22, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Yeah mint idea, he could mentor Carroll seems like they have loads in common ie getting drunk and battering women!! Can you imagine……
    Shame but Gazza was unbelievable footballer in his time but lost his way now. No way would I want him anywhere near any of the young lads at our beloved club. And he last a grand total of 39 days as manager of kettering, yeah real good going that is.

  • 14 moonraker // Oct 22, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Any substance addictions expert will tell you that Gazza has a full time job at the moment getting himself sober.

    He cant even think about working until he is properly on the programme and that will take anything from 1 to 2 years IF, he wants to get sobriety.

    Anyone who offers him a job at the moment will not do him, or themselves any favours as he will just let them down.

    I hope and pray he gets it together otherwise I fear we will open the papers one morning soon for some really sad news!!

    Sorry if I sound morbid but that’s the truth!!

    Come on Gazza; you CAN do it!!!!




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