“Gazza Was A ‘Funny Boy’ But Only Very Bad To Himself’
A revealing interview with Ex-Newcastle striker, Mirandinha, has brought back both the good and the bad memories surrounding his old team-mate Paul Gascoigne and their time together at Newcastle in the eighties.
Talking about the Geordie midfielder, the Brazilian madcap striker said;
“Paul Gascoigne was the undisputed leader in the changing room and on the field, Paul was, how do you say it…a funny boy. Everything in life was funny to him, apart from when he stepped onto the field. That was the one place he was serious. He would even fight with you on the field because he cared so much. He was a brilliant person who supported me.”
Roger Bennett of ESPN interviewed Mira and got some cracking quotes.
However, poignantly Mirandinha added;
“He was only very bad to himself.”
The Brazilian also bought into the Tyneside culture;
“Back then the players would go to the pub after training. That behaviour was familiar to me from Brazil but whereas it would be one beer in Sao Paulo, in Newcastle it was Guinness and lots of it.”
Interesting to see somebody from another continent/world who so perfectly sums up the highs and lows of Gazza.
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