Former England player Paul Gascoigne has finally joined Twitter, accruing more than 140,000 followers in the first few hours.
Finally on Twitter will keep everyone up to date... Looking forward to getting to know you guys and showing you the real Gazza !!— Paul Gascoigne (@gazzaofficial) October 8, 2013
Gazza, who played for Newcastle, Tottenham and Lazio among others, has struggled with mental health issues and alcoholism since retiring from the game, but received an outpouring of support on the micro-blogging site.
Can't believe all of the nice messages. Thanks so much! Love Gazza :) x http://t.co/IAveeqkfAm— Paul Gascoigne (@gazzaofficial) October 8, 2013
However, some voiced their concern that Twitter might not be the best place for a man who has in the past shown some mental fragility.
@GaryLineker Gary please don't allow Gazza to be unleashed into the media bear pit x— Rob Shepherd (@robshepherd5) October 8, 2013