News today that Newcastle are considering offering their former player, Paul Gascoigne, a coaching role in the Newcastle Youth Academy.
Gazza with step-daughter Bianca and son Regan recently
Gazza has had trouble over the last few months with the booze, and news today that his friends and family think it would be a great job for Paul – and help him be sober.
A Newcastle club insider said this in the Sunday Mirror today:
“He will always be a legend at this club. If he can stay on the wagon for around six months, the powers that be may find him a job here.” “Everyone here knows it’s the one thing which could keep him on the straight and narrow.”
“Obviously that could only happen if he was totally sober.” “Even if the only responsibility he had was to put out cones and hand out bibs, it would be a footballing role he could focus on.” “Just having him around the place would be massively inspirational for the youth teams,”
“At this stage it is a theory and hasn’t yet been formally discussed.”
Gazza returned last month from rehab in the USA at a £6K/week clinic paid for by his friends, but we wonder why Paul couldn’t be given the job now – since it would help him stay sober and off the booze.
Along with Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley – Gaza is one of the best players who was born and bred in Newcastle, ever produced by the Tyneside club.
Paul doesn’t have any formal coaching qualifications, so he would not be given a job as a coach, but he could still be on the staff, and hopefully could start taking his coaching badges.
This week Gaza even told ITV’s This Morning show that he had heard some medical staff talking about him in that US clinic, and they said:
“I don’t think this guy’s going to make it.”
And Paul made the headlines recently when he told his friend Jimmy “Five Bellies” Gardner that he had “never been so close to dying”.
It’s clear that Paul needs help – so we think offering him a coaching job at Newcastle now, could help him in his time of need – and then he could have the pre-season to look forward to, and be in a job he loves at a club he loves.
That should help him.
What do you think?
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