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Quinn tells of struggle off the pitch

IRISH soccer star Niall Quinn last night spoke frankly about his struggle to come to terms with life away from the football field, writes Mark O'Regan.

The former Irish international revealed on 'The Late Late Show' how he spent six months battling depression and reached such a low ebb that he refused to talk to people on the phone.

"I didn't want to know about people. I'd had my high and now I was experiencing a low . . . I was lucky that I had strong people around me."

Speaking about his tumultuous relationship with Roy Keane, the 45-year-old former Sunderland Football Club chairman said he would have no problem exchanging pleasantries if the two men met.

"Our paths haven't crossed. But it proves you don't have to great friends to drive something in business. You have to trust what the other person is doing.

"I think if I went for dinner with him every night of the week we would have exploded," he quipped.

Irish Independent