Gascoigne decides he is not ready for top flight

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Paul Gascoigne's football future was thrown into doubt again yesterday when the troubled former England international called time on his training arrangement with Wolves.

Gascoigne told the Molineux manager, Dave Jones, that he felt he could not regain Premiership form and he has returned to the North East to consider his options.

The 36-year-old was invited to train with Wolves six weeks ago as he sought to regain full fitness ahead of a possible last crack at a return to the English top flight.

Gascoigne, who has not played in this country since terminating a short spell at Burnley in July 2002, appeared in a number of reserve games but was hampered by a groin injury.

Jones said they parted amicably and added that he would be willing to help him with a similar arrangement in the future. "Gazza has decided that he will not reach Premiership level at the moment and he has gone away to think about his future," he said.

"He is fit and he has been a pleasure to deal with since he has been here. But he feels that he will not quite cut it at the moment. It was entirely his decision and I respect his honesty."

Jones had never intimated that he planned to offer Gascoigne a contract if all had gone well. But he said he believed there would be no shortage of takers if the player did decide to try to extend his colourful career either at a lower level or abroad.

"Gazza has been fantastic to have around the place and I am sure some other clubs will make him an offer," Jones said. "He has crammed so much into such a short space of time and he has been no trouble at all. Now I am sure he will do what is best for him."