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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 21:56 GMT
Gascoigne accepts Kettering exit
Imraan Ladak (left) and Paul Gascoigne
I do believe Paul needs help but he needs to get away from the pressure of football for a while
Imraan Ladak,
Kettering chairman
Paul Gascoigne seems to have accepted his reign as Kettering boss has ended.

The 38-year-old was sacked on Monday after just 39 days, but threatened to attend the Poppies' game on Tuesday.

However, he said in a statement: "I thoroughly enjoyed working with a great bunch of lads, and I wish them every success under (new boss) Kevin Wilson."

Chairman Imraan Ladak said Gascoigne was "under the influence of alcohol" at times during his tenure, claims the ex-England star has vehemently denied.

Gascoigne said: "I was fully committed to Kettering for the brief period I was in charge and any allegations to the contrary are entirely without foundation."

He chose to stay away from Kettering's match at Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening.

Paul was put under unnecessary pressure with team selection
Paul Davis,
Former assistant manager

Afterwards, Ladak stuck to his side of the story and said: "I did receive physical threats yesterday evening, but they have been withdrawn.

"Paul wasn't behind them, or aware of them."

He added: "I do believe Paul needs help but he needs to get away from the pressure of football for a while.

"If he can surround himself with the right people who care about him and aren't there to make money out of him, and he can kick the habit, then he will come back because he is a winner.

"But only when he is sober and when he is focused and he doesn't have bad influences around him."

Assistant manager Paul Davis has echoed Gascoigne's claims that he was sacked because he would not run the team as Ladak wanted.

"Paul was put under unnecessary pressure with team selection and also other issues away from football," he told Sky Sports News.

Davis denied Gascoigne had drunk alcohol at Kettering, apart from the occasion that Gascoigne himself had admitted.

On Monday, Gascoigne told Sky Sports News: "I had a double brandy before one of the games but it used to be four bottles of whisky a day - it's not now.

"I had a glass of wine after one game and told him to stay out of the team."

However, Ladak earlier insisted he had no choice but to sack Gascoigne as manager.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "If you are a recovering alcoholic there is no reason to drink but Paul thinks it is OK.

"He feels I should have done more - but I have had conversations with him he can't remember because he was drunk."

On Monday, Gascoigne said he wanted to buy out Ladak's stake in the Poppies and move the club forward - although he now appears to have accepted he will not go back.

"He's not the chairman, he's Imraan the doctor," added Gascoigne. "I'm Paul Gascoigne and I take charge of this club.

"I'm a multi-millionaire and I'm angry. I've tried to buy him out already. I told him it was the fans and Paul Gascoigne against a doctor - who will win?

"I know that the supporters, the players and the staff of Kettering Town are all behind me, not him.

"Two years ago I would have given in but not now. I'm a genius and I know what's going on the football field."


SEE ALSO
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05 Dec 05 |  Non League


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