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Gazza tells Good Morning Britain: "My last relapse was a blip"

Former Newcastle and England star Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne Credit: PA

The former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been speaking to Good Morning Britain live this morning, and says he is "doing alright".

He appeared on the sofa just after 8.10am (WED).

Talking about recent photos of him in the papers, which showed him clutching a bottle of alcohol with cuts to his face, he admitted they were the result of a recent "blip" in his battle against alcoholism.

He went on to admit he found it hard to come to terms with the fact that he is "never allowed to get on with his illness" due to attention from the press.

He said he really wanted to stop drinking, and no longer blamed other people for his relapses as he tries to beat his addiction.

Talking to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on the sofa, he said sometimes the temptation to drink was so overwhelming he just had to have "a drink" and "get it over with".

The 48-year-old went on to say that it was sometimes helpful to see pictures of him in the press after a relapse, as it "helps him realise how bad he is".

Speaking about the public's support he said they were 'brilliant' with him, and he even feels 'embarrassed' as a result of the all the support he has received.

He said there are "lots of people out there facing this battle on the streets that don't get the help and support that I do".

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne, lifting the cup during the Bobby Robson Trophy match at St James Park in 2009. Credit: PA

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Owner Mike Ashley to stand by Newcastle - even if they are relegated

Owner Mike Ashley will stand by Newcastle even if they are relegated because he is "wedded" to the club Credit: PA

Owner Mike Ashley will stand by Newcastle even if they are relegated because he is "wedded" to the club.

That's what he told reporters at a Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire.

The Sports Direct magnate faces the prospect of seeing the Magpies slip out of the Barclays Premier League for the second time in his near nine-year stint as owner if they cannot turn their season around over the final eight games.

But Ashley, who this month sanctioned the appointment of former Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez in place of the sacked Steve McClaren, insists he is going nowhere should the worst happen.

Newcastle, who battled back to snatch a 1-1 derby draw with Sunderland on Sunday, find themselves in trouble at the foot of the table despite spending more than £82million during the last two transfer windows.

They currently sit in 19th place and three points adrift of safety.

"I'm wedded to Newcastle, like Sports Direct.

They have got me and I have got them, that's just the way it is.

I think we have the right man in the job.

If there's any chance of us staying up, let's hope Rafa can do the business and keep us up there."

– Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

Benitez seeks derby boost to Newcastle's survival push

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is urging his team to ignite their survival drive with derby victory over Sunderland.

The Magpies entertain the Black Cats on Sunday knowing their very existence in the Barclays Premier League, and the £100million share of the new broadcasting deal which comes with it, are at stake with just nine games of an intensely difficult campaign remaining.

However, Benitez believes a win over their arch-rivals could give them just the impetus they need to drag themselves out of trouble.

Watch his press conference here:

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