Gazza made Garforth Town boss
Published : 26 Sep 2010 15:26:41
The former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been given another attempt to earn a living from football after being appointed manager of non-league side Garforth Town. Gascoigne has battled depression and addictions since retiring from football. A previous attempt at football management lasted just seven games at Kettering Town, with that club saying his alcohol addiction affected his performance. "It's a big challenge. It's whether the players want to join me in that challenge. I want to take the club forward and I want the players to develop," he told the News of The World. "I will give commitment to the club. Going to a club like this does not bother me one bit. I love this type of football. It is not flash and the players won't be flash. "It went really well there [at Kettering]. The chairman tried to blame it on the drink but it was totally untrue. He stopped me coaching and he wanted to become manager." Garforth are owned by businessman Simon Clifford who is known for publicity stunts -such as the signing of former Brazil international Socrates. Clifford said he hoped the appointment of Gascoigne would help him overcome his demons. "Everyone says they love Paul but nobody does anything about it," he said. "I want Paul to be an inspiration to someone who might have depression or problems in their lives. He's walked through hell but he has kept on walking."