Ange Postecoglou delivers powerful speech about mental health in football, it’s so eloquent

Ange Postecoglou delivered a powerful speech about mental health in football as he referenced the tragic passing of his father.

Postecoglou has enjoyed a superb start to his managerial career in the Premier League, having guided Tottenham to three big wins – including a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

His side have also beaten Bournemouth and Burnley, with the Australian claiming the manager of the month award for August.

Postecoglou’s side resume their league campaign on Saturday when they host 17th-placed Sheffield United.

And ahead of facing the Blades at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the 58-year-old spoke eloquently about where football is at with mental health.

“I think we do understand it, it is just we ignore it. Who in their life doesn’t have something that is stressful? I have lived 58 years now and there has never been a time in my life where everything is perfect,” he explained via Football London.

Postecoglou then brought up the death of his father three years ago and stated that footballers are not immune from mental health struggles.

“I lost my father three years ago and he should have been here for the journey, so I have got to deal with it. That is me talking personally but everybody in this room at the moment, you could have one part of your life where it could be flying but there will be something,” the Spurs boss added. “It could be a family member, a health issue, a financial issue because there is always something and footballers are not immune from that.

Sometimes I think they fall into the trap to think they are, but they are not. Just because you have money or you are really good at something, life will still find a way to keep a balance so there will be stuff in there that will be stressful or upsetting and you’ve got to deal with that.”

Postecoglou’s view on mental health comes after Richarlison revealed that he will be seeking psychological help following a turbulent spell in his life.


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