Wednesday 13 November 2019

Soccer legend Quinn's 'world was crumbling' after he hung up boots Niall Quinn: spoke of depression

Gareth Naughton

FORMER Ireland international Niall Quinn has opened up about his battle against the post-retirement blues.

The player likened his post-career depression to the affliction that saw his friend, Wales manager Gary Speed, take his own life last year.

Speed's death, he said, was an "incredible low".

Quinn, who earned 92 Ireland caps, said that in the first six months of retirement he was "horrible to be around".

"People were ringing and I was getting offers and I wouldn't even answer the phone," he said. "The world was crumbling around me and I was there thinking I'm not going to do anything about it."

Speaking to Gay Byrne on RTE's 'The Meaning of Life', he credited wife Gillian with pulling him out of depression.

"Thankfully, with Gillian's help, I got back on track," he said. "I got my confidence back and my ability to go back out into the world."

Quinn went on to manage and chair Sunderland FC. He is now a Sky pundit and heads up broadband company Q-Sat.

Irish Independent

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