Galatasaray offers Emmanuel Eboue lifeline after suicide thoughts

Emmanuel Eboue has been offered under 14 assistant coach job by Faith Terim
Emmanuel Eboue has been offered under 14 assistant coach job by Faith Terim

Galatasary have offered Emmanuel Eboue a lifeline after the former Arsenal defender revealed he had contemplated suicide after falling on hard times.

The former Gunners full back admitted he had seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement has left him penniless with a bitter divorce meaning he has been estranged from his three children since the summer.

However help could be at hand after the Turkish giants said they would hand an academy coaching role to the hard-up 34-year-old.

Deal of the day

Gala boss Fatish Terim, who has taken over at the Istanbul club for the fourth time in his career, told CNN Turk that he would give the former Ivory Coast full-back the role of under-14 assistant coach at the club.

Terim said: ‘We heard news about Eboue in the dressing room, I was informed there, we will do whatever we can to help my friend.’

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Eboue, who played in the 2006 Champions League final for the Gunners against Barcelona, earned millions in a seven year Premier League career, slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars, was said to be delighted at the offer.

The Ivory Coast star who won 79 caps and played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011 took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Gala.

However, with his former wife Aurelie being awarded of all the couple’s assets, he has been forced to dodge police and bailiffs following a court order – insisting he hand over his home in Enfield to her.

But things could be looking up for Eboue with the job offer. He said: ‘I would be very happy if Fatih gave me the duty in Galatasaray.

‘Fatih Terim is my father, I love him very much, I do everything for him because I love him very much.’

Sportsmail have contacted Arsenal for a comment on Eboue’s situation.