Surviving Gazza

by Mystical Mike

Monday, January 5th, 2009


Paul Gascoigne has attacked Channel 4 and ex-wife Sheryl for allowing his 12-year-old son to humiliate the ex footballer in a TV documentary called ‘Surviving Gazza’ which you can see tonight at 9pm.

Gazza’s son Regan is seen telling the programme: “If I could wish, I would wish that he would go away from us. He’s probably going to die soon.

“Everyone thinks he’s Gazza but because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad or good person to be with, does it really?

He adds: “He’s my dad. He should have helped and seen me all these years.
“I don’t want to waste all my tears on him.

Gazza who suffers from a food disorder, bipolar, mood swings, anxiety told the Sun “I drank when I was happy, I drank when I was sad. And yes, I must admit I thought of dying.”

He also said he will not be watching the programme. It’s a disgrace to use a child like that.”

A life after football?

Last summer, police had to drag Paul Gascoigne out of an overflowing bath tub, after the tortured genius had attempted to end his suffering in a London hotel. Earlier staff reports had suggested that he had asked for a steak knife to be brought up to his room, without a steak. It used to be very easy to view Gascoigne as a loveable rogue who couldn’t keep out of mischief. With every new story that breaks, however, it is obvious that a modern tragedy is unfurling in front of a baying but sympathetic media. There is vulnerability about Paul Gascoigne that has helped him maintain his status amongst England’s best-loved sportsmen, despite various serious indiscretions, such as wife beating.

Tears of a clown

The whole chaotic journey, that is Gazza’s life, has been predictable from even the early days. Always known as the prankster in the dressing room, it was evident that Gascoigne loved the banter and camaraderie involved in football. However, he seemed unable to separate where the fun ended and the serious business of football began. Despite Alex Ferguson’s desperate attempts to get Gazza to sign for Manchester United, Gascoigne’s advisors persuaded him to head for the bright lights of London and Spurs. A later move to Lazio saw him become an isolated and miserable figure. This mistake was not learnt from when he began a strange tenure as a manager in China again forcing Gazza to become introspective and self-analytical. His advisors and those close to him deserted him as his fortune and talent waned, the banter left behind by the more professional, continental outlook of football and a less sympathetic public saw Gascoigne long for the halcyon days of Italia 90. This longing saw Gazza turn to drink, with several trips in and out of rehab, and thus cut the shambolic figure he is today. Poor choices throughout his career and a vaguely idiotic personality, despite being combined with unquestioned talent, destroyed the once fresh-faced Geordie and the once crown prince of English soccer.



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  • Stevie

    looking 4ward to watching this programme. It’s the classic case of a tormented genius, Maradona, Cantana alike…

  • Philpot

    I’ve just finished reading A Million Little Pieces, a true story about a Herion Addict who beats his addiction to lead a semi normal life . I’m afraid to say that Gazza will be an addict for the rest of his life. It;s going to be much harder for him living in the public eye. I really do feel for the lad…

  • Darren

    I’ve read Gazza’s rather badly written autobiography, he has always suffered from mental illness. He lost 2 of his best friends when he was a teenager, he never got over this. He lived in fear of people closest to him dying, and would blame himself. Football was a way to hide these feelings…

    It’s sad but I guess we are seeing the true Paul Gascoigne now…

  • Martin Tibbetts

    A Million Little Pieces was a great novel, but it actually came out afterwards that the bulk of it was fiction and it caused a bit of a stir. Who cares, it was a good read, as was the equally untrue sequel…!

  • Darren

    I’m reading Tweak by Nic Sheff at the moment, a similar story of Meth addiction, I hope thats a true story and not half fiction otherwise I’ll be very disappointed!

    I was gutted when I found out ET was fiction!

  • jackie

    heartbreaking stuff…

    I fear it’s all too late for him…I hope not.

  • Darren

    I do too, very very sad.

    I woke up this morning and was expecting to hear that he had topped himself, mind you he was probably playing darts with George Clooney!

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