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Elliot reveals past money difficulties.

NEWCASTLE United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has revealed one of the lowest points of his career - all in a bid to raise awareness about men's mental health.

Elliot (pictured below) took part in a question and answer session for the Movember Foundation to help encourage other men to talk about their feelings.

Elliot, 31, touchingly revealed how early on in his career while at Charlton, he was struggling for money, even having to skip paying on the train, but felt that no one understood his problems.

When asked about his saddest moment, Elliot said: "I remember one instance at Charlton, I wasn't doing great. Alan Pardew was the manager actually. Me and my mum bought a house together because we needed to move out from where we were to a nice area for my sister because she was a lot younger.

"I was only earning PS400 a week at the time; all that was going towards the mortgage and then my car broke down and I couldn't afford to repair it - I ended up bunking the train because I didn't have enough money.

"I remember Pardew calling me up into his office and I had a great relationship with him - he's a great guy - but he said: 'See, I think your problem is you go home to your tea. Your mum makes your tea and all that and you have a nice easy life at home and I don't think you really know what it's like'.

"I remember thinking at the time 'is that what people think of me?' and it upset me for a really long time. Luckily I was really close with the goalie coach Andy Woodman and he obviously told Pardew about it and the situation changed drastically."

The Movember movement - where men raise money by growing a moustache during November - is hoping to help those struggling with mental health.

And Elliot, who moved to Newcastle from Charlton in 2011, is encouraging people to open up to a friend or loved one about their problems. When asked what he would say to anyone struggling with issues, he said: "You have to tell people who you love and trust because they will help you and you might not need anymore help or to speak to someone else because that conversation with someone that you care about might put everything into perspective."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2017
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