“At the end of the day footballers are human beings, and they suffer with the same problems that any normal person would suffer with but it’s in the eye of the public,” Sinclair said
Last Updated: 30/07/20 2:56pm
Frank Sinclair says modern footballers have more pressure on them than he did as a player due to the impact of social media on their mental health.
Sinclair, who is an ambassador for mental health and wellbeing charity Kaleidoscope Plus Group, said he finds it inspirational that players have spoken openly about the difficulties of dealing with mental health issues, and added that he would have found it “very difficult” living the life of a footballer today.
“It’s inspiring to people around the country that are suffering with problems, that don’t want to speak out or haven’t got people to speak out,” Sinclair told Sky Sports News. “To be able to see their idols doing it, it can only free up their own opportunity to speak as well and give them inspiration.
“A big factor is the social media awareness that footballers have to have now. The fact that someone else can pick a phone up and try and dig you out basically for whatever reason that might be, is a pressure that they have to deal with.
“At the end of the day footballers are human beings, and they suffer with the same problems that any normal person would suffer with but it’s in the eye of the public, so there’s added pressure with that.
“When you’re in the public eye you can have an opinion and everybody judges your opinion, simple as that.
“In my day we didn’t have this sort of pressure. I would have found it very difficult to deal with because at times you have to remember who you’re representing – as in your football club – and you have to bite your tongue with people and ignore things that can really get under your skin.”