Tyson to counsel Gascoigne?

2008-09-05 03:44

London - Mike Tyson has offered to provide counselling and support to troubled Paul Gascoigne when he tours the UK.

According to the BBC website, the former Newcastle United player recently suffered a mental breakdown and had to spend two weeks in a psychiatric hospital.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson believes his own chequered past could help the 40-year-old.

Tyson is holding a series of speaking engagements in the North in May, including a date in Gateshead.

The 41-year-old said: "I know all about Gazza and I feel I can help him. A lot of top sportsmen have suffered in their private lives, including me, and that is why I want to help.

"I still see him as a superstar and would like to meet him if he feels up for it."

He has already met England striker, and boxing fan, Wayne Rooney several times.

Their first meeting three years ago was a boost for the young footballer at a time when he was under fire for his aggressive style of play.

Tyson said: "Back in 2005, Wayne Rooney was on a downer and I met him and lifted his spirits.

"I am sure I can do the same for Paul Gascoigne."

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and jailed for a day in November 2007 for driving while under the influence of drugs.

Gascoigne was detained in February after Northumbria Police were called to a Newcastle hotel following reports he was acting erratically.