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Lee Hendrie says leaving Aston Villa for Sheffield United was 'the worst thing I could have done'

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Star - Football Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Footballer Lee Hendrie opened up about his previous battles with depression on this evening's episode of 'Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh' on ITV. "I fell deep down into depression really," Hendrie explained. "I ended up going bankrupt, my house got repossessed, they repossessed my mum's house and that just destroyed me. "Fair play to Lee Hendrie for talking about his depression..." one said. "Poor Lee Hendrie," wrote one.

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"You never want to hear anyone go through what Lee Hendrie has and is going through," a third said. "Sad to hear Lee hendrie talk about his depression but so glad he is opening up," another wrote. "Lee Hendrie... just goes to show that you don't know what anybody is going through..." another said. "Lee Hendrie is one brave guy.

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Get the latest transfer news straight into your inbox! Sign up for the brilliant new Daily Star Sport email newsletter! From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox. In an interview with the Guardian, Hendrie detailed that he has tried to commit suicide 'five or six times'. 'I remember just pulling up at a chemist, going in once and then I went to a shop and just bought a load of tablets.

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"I've got five children and to think I was going to leave all that behind. The 43-year-old, who made more than 300 appearances for the club, explains how he hit rock bottom after his £10million property portfolio collapsed in 2010, leaving him bankrupt. In a searingly honest interview with the Guardian, Hendrie admitted there were several occasions when he attempted to take his own life. The dad-of-five said: "I could easily name five, six times where I tried to do that in the bad period. Hendrie hopes speaking out will help others who are struggling, adding: "I'm not proud of the times I tried to take my life.

"It makes me feel like I'm achieving something which can help. Sign up to FREE email alerts from YorkshireLive - Daily News Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lee Hendrie says joining Sheffield United was 'the worst thing I could have done' and has launched a scathing attack on manager Kevin Blackwell. The former midfielder arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer in the summer of 2007 during an exciting squad rebuild under Bryan Robson that saw a number of big name players join. Hendrie signed a three-year contract after his 13-year stint at Aston Villa had come to an end but his time at Bramall Lane was an unhappy one. He featured 12 times in his first season and even scored the winner in a 2-1 success at home to QPR towards the end of Robson's reign but when he was sacked, it signalled the end of Hendrie's time in a red and white shirt. Within days of Blackwell replacing the sacked Robson, Hendrie was shipped out on loan to Leicester for the rest of the season. He was sent out on loan at the start of the following season to Blackpool but did manage to force his way back into the United fold, featuring 12 times towards the end of the 2008-09 season and even coming off the bench in the Play-off final defeat to Burnley at Wembley. He has now lifted the lid on his time at the club and did not hold back in his criticism of Blackwell. "I have lost count how many clubs I had after Villa but that was just my love for the game. I loved playing football but I did do the rounds a little bit," he recalled for BirminghamLive's AVFC Podcast Claret and Blue. "I made the wrong decisions I should have signed for Stoke after leaving Villa, that was one of my main regrets, but I signed for Sheffield United, which was just the worst thing I could have done because it just didn't work out. "At that stage of my career he put the nail in the coffin for me and to this day I would not speak to him if I saw him, because he made a mockery of me at Sheffield United and made me look like I was there for money. "I wasn't there for money, I came back fit as anything to try and prove him wrong and turn the crowd, which, unfortunately, I didn't. Lee Hendrie, turns away after celebrating for the Blades Copyright: JPIMedia The former Aston Villa man, who won one cap for England in 1998, signed for the Blades in 2007 but left in 2009 after Kevin Blackwell's side lost that year's Championship play-off final to Burnley. Hendrie was declared bankrupt after the property crash saw him lose £10m, and the coronavirus crisis has hit his second career too. But, in an interview with Donald McRae in The Guardian, Hendrie opened up about his attempts to take his own life. Lee Hendrie celebrates with with Billy Sharp Copyright: JPIMedia "I could easily name five, six times where I tried to do that in the bad period," he admitted. I'd been trying to sell property but the housing market crashed. I got to the stage where I just wanted to end it all. She's seen me on life-support machines. Hendrie made 25 appearances for the Blades before joining Derby County, in a swap deal for Jordan Stewart. "It's a sore subject and I'm not proud of the times I tried to take my life," he added. It makes me feel like I'm achieving something which can help someone else. The darkest times, and the most horrible, could happen to you. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Sign up to FREE email alerts from BirminghamLive - Aston Villa FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lee Hendrie left Aston Villa after 14 years with a lump in his throat - but vowed to prove then-boss Martin O'Neill wrong. The talented midfielder, currently starring in ITV hit show Harry's Heroes, was told his game-time would be limited during O'Neill's overhaul in 2006. Still only 29, Hendrie donned claret and blue for the final time at the Emirates in O'Neill's first game before departing to join Stoke City on loan. Speaking to our Claret & Blue podcast, Hendrie - who made his debut aged 18 in 1995 - explained just how his memorable Villa Park career ended. "I spoke to Martin," he said. "I was quite pleased he was coming into the club and I thought to myself, 'He's a manager I've always admired, he's very enthusastic. He basically said he was looking to change the whole club around, getting a lot of the older players out and bring a lot of younger players in. He said, 'If you think you're not going to get any football you're granted to go out and play and I won't stand in your way'. Hendrie was asked what it was like emptying his locker at Bodymoor - but explained how he set a target to "make O'Neill turn his head". "At that stage it was heart-wrenching," Hendrie explained, "knowing I wasn't going to be at the club because I was coming to the final end of my contract and it was time to get my face back out there because, in football, people forget you very easily. "When I actually went out on loan to Stoke I always had it in the back of my mind I was going to prove Martin wrong. I was going to prove him wrong to be at the club and, hopefully, he will change his mind. "I always set myself crazy personal targets and that was one of my targets to make him turn his head and make him reconsider that he'd have me back at the club. After a fairly successful spell at Stoke City, Hendrie would go on to play for Sheffield United, Leicester City, Blackpool, Derby County, Brighton and Bradford City before a busy stint in non-league. As for O'Neill and Villa upon Hendrie's departure, the Northern Irishman was quick to add the likes of Stiliyan Petrov and, latterly, Nigel Reo-Coker to the ranks. You can watch our hour-long interview with Lee Hendrie for Claret & Blue here.