Ange Postecoglou recently gave a moving speech about the importance of mental health in football, mentioning the loss of his father.
As Tottenham prepares to face Sheffield United this Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the 58-year-old manager took a moment to address the topic of mental health. His words reflect the growing awareness of this crucial issue within the sport.
According to SPORTbible Postecoglou said: “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.”
“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 stance on mental health follows Richarlison’s announcement that he’ll be seeking support from a psychologist after a challenging period in his life.