Crystal Palace’s Holloway calls for more assistance for troubled players

Ian Holloway believes there should be better off-field support for players who experience troubles during and after their careers.

Ian Holloway believes there should be better off-field support for players who experience troubles during and after their careers.

The Crystal Palace boss was deeply touched by a recent documentary which targeted Paul Gascoigne’s 20-year alcohol addiction and hopes that things can improve in the current landscape to allow past and present players to tackle their own afflictions head on.

"It is the pressures of this world and being in the limelight," Holloway said.

"It is learning to deal with that. I don't know if anyone saw the programme on Gazza the other night, but I was in floods of tears myself.

"I don't blame him for that. It is just awful. He can't go anywhere, can't do anything, doesn't know where he is, he doesn't know who he is. We all love him to bits, don't we? It is like George Best all over again.

"I think us football people have a duty to make sure our young lads don't get like that. It is heartbreaking to see him like that. We all wish him well.

"That is a problem, not the score in a football game.

"Let the football family get hold of someone like that and make sure we help as much as we can."

 
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