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Burnley X-Files: Garforth and Dont Multiply,Gazza!

Paul Gascoigne had been linked with the manager's job at Evo-Stik League club Garforth Town this week before he turned down the offer after a deal looked almost certain.

The writing appeared to be on the wall when he failed to turn up for the club's match against Warrington Town.

The reason cited by Gazza was that the contract on offer contained too many non-football related clauses with a lot of commercial expectations.

A spokesman for Gazza though confirmed he was still looking for the right opportunity to make a return into football. We shall have to see therefore if 'Gazza-A-Job' gets his wish!

Gazza's career has literally been a case of rise and fall both on and off the pitch and of course his personal problems are legendary.

The England International captured the heart of the nation as he played for the likes of Newcastle, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough and Everton.

Paul Gascoigne of course then spent a brief and pretty unsuccessful time with the Clarets towards the end of his football playing career after being signed by Stan Ternent in March 2002. He played just six games for the Clarets up until the end of the 2001-2 season. You could almost say this was when his 'fall' began!

Gazza was released in the summer of 2002 and joined US club, DC United on trial but failed to win a contract. In January 2003, he signed for Chinese club Gansu Tianma penning a nine-month contract within involved both a playing and coaching role.

During his time out in China though he developed a drink problem and depression took an hold. He left China for the US to seek treatment but never returned.

In July 2004, Gascoigne was signed by League Two side Boston United as player-coach. He only made 5 appearances without scoring though before leaving three months later.

Gazza became manager of Kettering Town in October 2005 but he only lasted 39 days in the job, before being sacked. The club's owner blamed Gascoigne's alcohol problems, stating that he drank almost every day he worked!

His personal life after that just seemed to get worse and it is perhaps surprising that he also turned down Garforth Town but we wish him luck in finding the job he wants.

You can't help feeling sorry for Gazza and his fall from grace. Whether he will ever make a successful return to the football world remains to be seen but he is clearly vulnerable with the media breathing down his neck all the time.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 9 2010

Time: 8:40AM

Your Comments

Sad case all round! You do wonder what would have happened had we finished in the play-offs at the end of 2001-2 and got promotion to the Prem instead of finishing 7th! Gazza back in the Prem maybe or would we have released him anyway?
turfmanphil
We will never know Phil. He became my hero during Italia 90 and its very sad to see his decline. Hope things work out for him, but personally I cannot see a succesful return to football for him!
Claretdale
Sadly I think you may be right, Dale! It's not going to be easy with the press round every corner waiting for you to fall off the wagon and eager to stir up controvesy
turfmanphil
Agree - I think the press was a major factor in his downfall!
Claretdale
I think Gazza made the right decision on this one.
8clarets8
Looks like Garforth have not given up though according to one obscure media reference today: Paul Gascoigne could still be appointed manager of non-league Garforth Town after the club's owner resumed contractual negotiations with the former England midfielder (Full Story: The Non-League Paper )
turfmanphil
 

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