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I'm a Premier League winner but tried to take my own life – I won't be the last

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A PREMIER League winner says he ended up in hospital after trying to take his own life.

Danny Simpson began his career at Manchester United and won the league with Leicester City in the ultimate shock in 2016.

Danny Simpson won the league with Leicester City in the ultimate shock in 2016

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Danny Simpson won the league with Leicester City in the ultimate shock in 2016Credit: Getty – Contributor
The 37-year-old began his career at Manchester United

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The 37-year-old began his career at Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty

But the 37-year-old has now revealed he was “lost” during his spells without a club after leaving the Foxes in 2019.

“I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last,” he told ChronicleLive. “You’re just lost in a world. You don’t know where you belong.

“You are used to being told what to do and, all of a sudden, you’re not and you don’t realise how regimented it was.”

The right-back also confessed to trying to take his own life.

Simpson said: “I don’t remember that person anymore. I don’t really remember too much of it. Even now, I hope that person is long gone.

“Sometimes you have to go through that to come out the other side and realise what you’ve got.”

He left his last club Bristol City in 2022 and revealed in November that he was training with Macclesfield FC while studying for his coaching badges at Old Trafford.

Simpson then played his first match in Robbie Savage‘s non-league team debuting for the club in their 4-2 win against Tranmere.

The footballer came through the Red Devils academy before making eight appearances for the senior team.

After underwhelming loans at Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Blackburn he went on to sign for Newcastle after a season-long loan in 2010.

He then became a crucial part of Leicester City’s Premier League win in 2016.

He revealed to The Telegraph that he regularly plays in games across Cheshire that are organised by former Manchester City, Aston Villa and Stoke ace Stephen Ireland.

And he is joined by the likes of Joleon Lescott, Nedum Onuoha, Danny Drinkwater, John O’Shea and Ravel Morrison.

In 2015, The Sun reported that Danny was found guilty of assaulting his then girlfriend Stephanie Ward, mother of his daughter Skye.

He was sentenced to 300 hours’ community service. It was later reduced by half.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 116123.

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