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Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:03 PM
The bloody article is rammed with cliches from start to finish, Clive.

Ray Wilkins speaks of treatment for depression at low points in his career

Former England midfielder says he ‘slipped into a deep hole’ after leaving Chelsea coaching job in 2010

Ray Wilkins has revealed the extent of the depression he suffered during his playing and coaching career and says he has received treatment for the illness at the Sporting Chance clinic.

The former England midfielder, who left his position as a coach at Fulham this week, explained in an interview with the Daily Mail how he struggled with depression when he was made Chelsea captain at 18, when his playing days at QPR ended and when he left his job as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea.

The 57-year-old said he was given Valium to cope with being made Chelsea captain, while when he left QPR in 1996 he “went to see a doctor linked to The Priory at the time”.

Wilkins said: “After QPR I suffered badly with depression and it had an impact on the whole family. But I didn’t take any medication at that stage. I’ve been on medication for depression for the past two years, but back then I saw the doctor and then simply battled on.”

After his shock departure from Chelsea in 2010, he said, he “slipped into a deep hole”.

“That was my darkest time.”

Out of the game, he was convicted of drink-driving for the first time in 2012

“The alcohol fuelled depression and vice-versa,” he said. “They were linked. No two ways about it. The driving problem came when I was suffering, big time.”

But he said it took a second drink-driving conviction in July last year, which left him “feeling like dirt”, to force him, following persuasion from wife Jackie and his children, to seek help.

Wilkins said: “The drink-driving pushed me into Sporting Chance. I said, ‘OK, I’ve made a real mug of myself, and you [his family].’ That was the bit I really struggled with. What I’d put them through. Horrendous.

“I’d let myself down. I’d let my family down. And I had to do something about it. So I took myself out of their lives for a month and went to some wonderful people.”

Wilkins said during his treatment he visited Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

He said he still sees a therapist once a week to keep him “on the straight and narrow”, but Sporting Chance gave him “the tools to cope”.

He said: “And since I came out I’ve been so much more positive than I had been for a long, long period.”

Wilkins also revealed the full extent of his battle with ulcerative colitis – the chronic bowel condition also affecting Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher – which he first revealed on Wednesday in order to dispel rumours of a drinking problem.

“My worst bout was six years ago when I was hospitalised for 12 days,” Wilkins said. “I lost two and a half stone at the Cromwell Hospital in London. At one point the surgeon said I might need to have my colon out. I was 51 and I really didn’t want a bag. Luckily I started to improve the next day.”

He said on Wednesday the condition could sometimes make him look “worse for wear” in the dug-out.

Ashberto
02-21-2014, 01:15 PM

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:16 PM
etc

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:17 PM
Also, I'm trying to imagine Wilkins on Valium. How can you be more downbeat than Ray? Or maybe he's normally edgy and wired and it's just been the downers keeping a lid on him all these years?

I'm rather fond of Ray 'Nosferatu' Wilkins, really.
I'm glad he's feeling better. :-)

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:18 PM
But then it's difficult to imagine Redknapp Jr suffering from depression. He'd have to have higher brain function for that.

Monty91
02-21-2014, 01:20 PM
nutmegged by an opponent.

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:22 PM
Subsequently Ray was looked at with some suspicion, his continental not-just-launching-it-in-the-air stylings just werent cut out for the times.

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:23 PM

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:23 PM
You know he had to fight against saying "And I let the school down"

PSRB
02-21-2014, 01:24 PM

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:24 PM
But he's a deity-bothering Spurs c*nt, so no-one likes him.

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:25 PM
Not only was she the emotional rock, Rosie was also the financial whizz.

She was much more than a dog, literally worth her weight in gold.

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:26 PM
Though probably completely justified, in retrospect

Ashberto
02-21-2014, 01:31 PM

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:31 PM
Strange days, j. Strange days.

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:33 PM
I'm just quoting Sir C there, you understand?

PSRB
02-21-2014, 01:35 PM

Monty91
02-21-2014, 01:35 PM
I was literally in pieces, Geoff. Talking out of my arsehole was all I knew."

barrybueno
02-21-2014, 01:39 PM

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:41 PM
He wasnt the greatest technically but he was a very, very clever player.

Snin
02-21-2014, 01:43 PM
but then again its hard not to feel a bit depressed when you ****ting blood n liquid about 20+ times a day , cant go out and the doctor says no cure and they might have to fit you with a **** bag..tbh

PSRB
02-21-2014, 01:48 PM
the volley against the Belgers in 1990 was pretty technical

Berni
02-21-2014, 01:53 PM
all very sorry for you and Headgear and Darren Felcher and Ray Wilkins, but can you all please stop talking about what does or doesn't emerge from your respective ringpieces, please?

It's grim.

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:56 PM
Full stops, commas and apostrophes we knew...

Snin
02-21-2014, 01:57 PM

Luis Anaconda
02-21-2014, 01:57 PM
and the hair, j ,the hair

Snin
02-21-2014, 01:58 PM
move colon nothing to see here :wave:

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:58 PM
I still think the weight of his hair caused him to lean back in the 90 world cup semi

Classic Jorge
02-21-2014, 01:59 PM

Berni
02-21-2014, 02:02 PM

eastgermanautos
02-21-2014, 02:11 PM

Monty91
02-21-2014, 02:15 PM