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Ex-striker says the association, who sent out handbooks to clubs regarding the illness following the untimely death of Gary Speed, should be doing more to help players

Sunderland legend Niall Quinn believes the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) should be doing more for players to support them with issues such as depression.

The PFA sent out pamphlets to clubs regarding the illness following the death of Gary Speed, but Quinn, until recently chairman at the Stadium of Light, believes they can do more.

Quinn suggested the organisation are wasting time and resources by backing "people like Carlos Tevez", and should be doing more to help players through serious personal problems and preparing them for life after their playing careers.

"Our union sent a book to everyone last week. What's that about? Then they back people like Tevez. They should do an awful lot more than go on telly saying they sent books out,” Quinn is quoted as saying by The Sun.

"Depression happens and in all levels of the game and sometimes it manifests itself in people three, four years after a player retires.

"They need to guide people in life after football."

Earlier this season the PFA successfully helped Tevez reduce a fine of four-weeks' wages to just two weeks after Manchester City deemed he had breached his contract by refusing to warm up during a Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

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