Ex-Hull boss Brown backs Dean Windass to win battle

Dean Windass & Phil Brown
Windass and Brown helped Hull to the Premier League in 2008

Former Hull City manager Phil Brown has backed Dean Windass to win his battle with alcohol and depression.

Windass, 42, has admitted he attempted suicide earlier this month after battling with alcohol and depression following his retirement two years ago.

Brown, who signed Windass for Hull in 2007, told BBC Radio Humberside: "He's a battler, a fighter and has come through highs and lows.

"I've no doubts that he'll eventually win this battle."

He continued: "It's shocked me and it's shocked the footballing world and after Gary Speed's death I thank God that Dean didn't succeed.

Brown guided the Tigers to the Premier League in 2008 with Windass scoring the goal that fired his home-town club into the top flight.

The former Preston boss believes that not enough is done to help players like Windass once their careers end.

"Communication lines must be kept open with regards to himself and his former colleagues.

"There should be liaison officers at football clubs that speak to past and present players.

"The League Managers Association, Professional Footballers Association and Football Association should be doing their utmost to involve and help people who have gone through their careers and have got the real world to deal with."

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