Setback for 'frail' Gazza's Dorset football comeback

Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance

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Offers of help for Gazza after latest relapse

Twenty-four hours ago we thought he was going to make a sensational return to football in the South. Tonight though, Paul Gascoigne, is in hospital. Police and Paramedics were called to his apartment in Sandbanks yesterday and taken to Poole Hospital where he spent the night. Today, fellow Sandbanks resident - and Premier League manager, Harry Redknapp - offered Gascoigne a role working with his youth team at QPR to help fight his battle with alcohol. Martin Dowse reports.


Redknapp offers Gascoigne coaching role at QPR

Harry Redknapp speaking at a press conference today.

Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the former England midfielder's health.

The 47-year-old has a long history of problems with alcohol, and is said to have been taken away by emergency services from his home in Dorset on Thursday. Pictures published on Friday morning showed Gascoigne looking gaunt and almost unrecognisable from his days turning out for the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle.

Since relocating to the South Coast, Gascoigne now lives in close proximity to Redknapp, who revealed he would jump at the chance to give him a way back into the game.

''He is a great lad and it is just sad to see how he is looking at the moment,'' the QPR boss said. '"I saw him about a month ago and I said 'I will pick you up in the mornings Gazza, come training with me. Do a little bit of work with the kids'. I would love it if he would do that. If he wants to do it, I would pick him up every morning at 5:45am at the end of his road and bring him in.

"He could go and do some coaching with the kids. I would love it if he would do that - that is an open invitation to him."

Paul Gascoigne in hospital after ambulance called to Poole flat

Paul Gascoigne's penthouse flat in Dorset Credit: Meridian

Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital after the emergency services were called to his home in Poole. Police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the luxurious Sandbanks area. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented . He entered a rehab clinic in Hampshire earlier this year.


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