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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll reveals his battle with alcoholism and depression

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Roy Carroll has opened up on his battles with alcohol and depression

Carroll won the Premier League at United but found life off the pitch difficult.

 

The Northern Irishman began drinking in 2006 and it soon became more and more frequent.

He revealed how he became depressed after covid-19 forced him to leave his job as a goalkeeping coach at Nottingham Forest’s academy after one day and return to Northern Ireland a year ago.

According to him he found life during the lockdown tough and he was starting to struggle again before Dungannon Swifts offered him the opportunity to play again at the age of 43, two years after his last Irish League appearance for Linfield.

According to Carroll his problems with depression and alcoholism started at West Ham in 2006 when he was home nursing a back injury.

‘I’d never had a long injury before and slowly but surely I was getting into a deeper hole. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it,’ he says. 

‘I was just in a dark room and drinking heavily. I had no outside help. Nobody knew what was wrong with me because I never spoke about it. Everybody thought I was the happiest guy in the world but I would go home, shut the door and bang my head against the wall, have a few drinks to try and forget.

‘For me, it was getting rid of the depression. You’d have loads to drink and forget about it. The next day it got worse and you’re back on the drink. It doesn’t work. I went into rehab because others wanted me to: my wife, my agent and my friends. I didn’t see there was anything wrong with me, that was my biggest problem.’

Carroll says his drinking continued while he was at Rangers, Derby and Danish club Odense. 

But while jobless after leaving Denmark, it turned to another thing.

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‘When I had a club, I always had the mind to not drink the day before a game,’ he says. ‘That was strange — when I stopped playing and nobody wanted me, I was drinking nearly every day.

‘I had a lot of time on my hands, my drinking was crazy. If I hadn’t stopped, I wouldn’t be here today. I don’t feel my body would have held up to it.

‘I was never at that stage where I would have killed myself. I was quite lucky I wasn’t that far ahead. But I would have died from the drink. The stuff I was drinking and the way I was drinking it, I wouldn’t have woken up one morning. I don’t care about alcohol any more. The first four or five years were very difficult but now I don’t need it. I’m mad enough without the drink!

‘But the depression will come back once in a while. I’m never going to get rid of it.

‘A lot of footballers will be going through it, but they don’t come out and say it until they retire. They try to keep it in because it’s their livelihood.’

‘Trust me, in this day and age when we’re locked down, I know what people are going through,’ says the former United keeper.

 

‘I’d been good for quite a long time until this. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, it knocks you down.

 

‘I would have to fight very hard sitting in the house. I was struggling with it because I didn’t know what I could do, then Dungannon came in for me. I never thought I would be back playing again after being out for so long. 

‘I’m lucky. We watch football every night on TV and these professionals don’t realise how lucky they are to still be playing. I feel sorry for the thousands of kids, men and women who can’t play sport. I know how serious that is for mental health.

‘You have to show a brave face for the kids when you’re doing Zoom chats because each week they’re getting more and more down. There’s no point me saying everything is brilliant — it’s not.’

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Which Medical School Did You Attend? – Troll Calls Out Halima Abubakar

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A social media troll and self-acclaimed professor has taken to the comment section of movie producer and actress Halima Abubakar to chastise her over the construction of the English language and also about a health post she shared.

Actress Halima Abubakar took to her Instagram page to advise her fans and the public as a whole on some health tips. According to Halima, most people who lose their lives are a result of inadequate sleep. She advised that people should treat their health as a priority because high blood pressure kills faster than imagined.

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She shared a photo of herself and captioned it, “60% of death is caused by lack of rest. Treat your health right. Feed it right. Fill it with love. Your mental health first. HBP kills. Don’t allow anyone, rush you or stress you. #mentalhealthawarenessweek”.

However, a fan identified as @Realrhozer took the comment section and mocked the actress’s construction of the English language. According to her, Halima finds it difficult to construct her English grammar and later went on to question her over the credibility of the health tips she shared on her Instagram page. The troll also questioned if she attended a medical school to share such a piece of medical advice.

“Is the English for me…..even in Bobrisky’s chat….common simple sentence dey hard you. but is your fact true because I don’t know when you attended medical school”, the troll commented.

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Zinedine Zidane to leave Madrid at the end of the season

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Zinedine Zidane to leave Madrid at the end of the season

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane plans to leave the club at the end of this season, according to new reports.

Zidane, who made his name as a player in the early 2000s and came back to win three champions league titles for Madrid as a coach told his players that he would not be coaching the team next season just before their clash with Sevilla last week, according to a report by GOAL.

The report says the Frenchman said he will walk away from the club at the end of the 2020-21 season, making it the second time he has resigned from ., having previously quit following Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph in 2020. 

Madrid play Athletic Club today, May 16, in La Liga and then conclude their season at home to Villarreal on May 23 which will be be Zidane’s last two games in charge of the Blancos, according to the report.

 

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The major reason given for his decision to quit is that Zidane is  physically and mentally fatigued.

 

With his decision to resign, there are now rumours linking the Frenchman to a sensational return to Juventus where he made his name as a player.

But it is doubtful whether he would be prepared to jump back into coaching so soon after leaving Madrid.

With two games left to play, Zidane’s men are currently second, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona a further two back in third.

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Stop Waiting For Aso Rock – Atiku Tells Nigerian Governors

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged governors from all states to come together and solve the insecurity facing the country as a whole.

According to him, the governors should forge a national mindset and not a regional mindset to be able to come out of the challenges. Taking to his Twitter page, he advised the governors to be united.

His tweet reads: “Governors representing some states have met. And I completely understand the necessity of their meeting and the wisdom of their decisions. But no matter how much you try to clap with one hand, the vibrations will not be the same as when you clap with two hands.

“ We have a national challenge. And as Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

“These problems were created by those with a regional mindset, and will not be solved by those with a similar mindset.

“For too long, we have erroneously thought that the power to make effective changes lies at Aso Rock. But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock.”

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“Let us apply this wisdom to our present challenges on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, and instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of our nation until they figure out a way to resolve them.

“ Forget about your party. Forget about your tribe. Respect your religion and allow it to bring out the better part of you. Meet together. Talk together. Come up with the solutions to all our collective challenges. And then go back to your states, and consult with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the solutions you came up with that is how to save Nigeria.

“To keep waiting for this Federal Government to take the lead, and effect the changes that Nigeria needs to stop drifting, is to keep waiting for Godot. And that is a luxury we cannot afford. “

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