Former Cork City defender Brian Lenihan has revealed that the real reason he retired from football at the age of just 23 was the mental illness which led him to attempt to take his own life last year. When the then Hull City player announced his retirement in April “on medical advice”, it was widely assumed a succession of injury problems had taken an irreparable toll on the Cork-born player. But in an interview with Trevor Welch on the Hard Knock Sports Cork podcast, he has now spoken openly about what he calls “a really dark period” in his life in 2017 and also described how, with medical help, he was able to make the journey back into the light. “I didn’t come out and say why I did retire but the reason I did retire was due to illness, not injury,” explained the now 24-year-old. “It was a really dark period in my life from, say, July up until December. I was struggling a lot, with football and with lots of other things, mainly my … [Read more...] about Former Cork City defender Brian Lenihan: I feel lucky to have a second chance at life after darkest days
A second chance
TWO lifeboat crewmen who were sacked in a row over saucy tea mugs have been told they "won't get a second chance". We revealed last month how the pair were given their marching orders after swapping "jokey" designs as Secret Santa gifts. The spat in Whitby, North Yorks., sparked a furious backlash against the RNLI with donors withdrawing their support in droves. Now the two sacked men - trainee Joe Winspear, 26, and crewman Ben Laws - have been told they will not be reinstated. Mugs with naked women on the side were found in a cupboard. They were judged to be a "safe-guarding breach" because they might be seen by visiting school pupils. Top brass also examined private WhatsApp messages. Four other volunteers quit in protest over the sackings and others are now expected to follow suit. The four are navigator Steve Boocock, helmsman Martyn Cairns and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes. Speaking for the first time, bank worker Joe accused the RNLI of wasting thousands of … [Read more...] about Two RNLI crew sacked for keeping racy tea mugs on board ‘won’t get a second chance’
Lee Wallace is likely to find out this week if he has any part to play in Steven Gerrard ’s Rangers revolution. The club captain is in dispute with his employers over the fine handed out to him and Kenny Miller following the Hampden dressing room row after their Scottish Cup semi-final drubbing against Celtic . Miller’s Ibrox contract has expired but Wallace has a year left on his deal and it remains to be seen how he will be affected by the row. Wallace and Miller have lodged appeals with the SPFL but the Hotline kicked off with a caller hoping Rangers give him another chance with Gerrard set to meet club chiefs on Wednesday. Campbell Porter, Glasgow , emailed: “I sincerely hope Lee Wallace gets another chance at Rangers, but I doubt it will happen. “He is one of the best full backs at Rangers and Scottish football and is being cast out of the club because he spoke his mind and stood up for his fellow players. “The problem with the semi final … [Read more...] about Rangers skipper Lee Wallace deserves a second chance at Ibrox
BRITAIN'S Got Talent still have three semi-finals remaining but fans believe they have found their wildcard act. B-Positive Choir crashed out of the competition last night but here's how they can still appear in Sunday's grand final... How do Britain's Got Talent wildcards work? The wildcard element was introduced in series 6, and it gives the judges the power to save one of the eliminated semi-finalists. Wildcard acts are at a slight disadvantage to their fellow finalists in that they are not notified until the last semi-final has ended so every eliminated act should be prepared with a final routine. Simon confirmed that the eleventh act in the final would be a wildcard act, saying: "There will a million percent be a wild card. We'll see what happens but there will 100% be a wild card." Last year's spot went to teenage singer Sarah Ikumu, who was Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer act and she ended up placing seventh in the final. Could B-Positive Choir be given a second chance? … [Read more...] about How do Britain’s Got Talent wildcards work and could B-Positive Choir be given a second chance?
There will be no second attempt to lure Quique Sanchez Flores if Stoke fail to appoint Gary Rowett, the Sentinel understands. Sources in Spain strongly suggested on Friday that Stoke and Flores could yet be a deal - despite the Spaniard turning them down at the 11th-hour in January. But Stoke's board was in no mood to give him a second chance to reject them, it seems, and so have paid little heed so far to the former Watford manager. The club's owners met with Flores in January following the sacking of Mark Hughes and a deal seemed likely at one point, but when push came to shove he backed out and remained manager of Espanol. He has since been dismissed by the La Liga outfit following a downturn in results and Flores was apparently all ears should Stoke City have offered him another chance of a return to England. His lack of knowledge of the Championship has also counted against him this time round and so left the likes of Rowett much higher in Stoke's list of managerial possibilities. … [Read more...] about Stoke City in no mood to give Quique Sanchez Flores a second chance