Hod­dle ‘re­cov­er­ing well’ af­ter col­lapse in TV stu­dio

For­mer Eng­land man­ager is in ‘se­ri­ous con­di­tion’ BT Sport pun­dit taken to hos­pi­tal be­fore live show

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Robert Di­neen

The foot­ball world was last night send­ing its mes­sages of sup­port to Glenn Hod­dle, the for­mer Eng­land man­ager, who was said to be in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion but “re­spond­ing well” to treat­ment af­ter col­laps­ing in a TV stu­dio.

Hod­dle was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter fall­ing ill shortly be­fore he was due to ap­pear as a pun­dit on the BT Sport

Score show yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. He re­ceived treat­ment in the stu­dio be­fore be­ing trans­ferred. The pro­gramme was can­celled.

Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate led the mes­sages of sup­port and good­will for Hod­dle, who had been pho­tographed play­ing “foot­ball ta­ble ten­nis” in the BT stu­dio be­fore he fell ill.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Glenn Hod­dle and those clos­est to him fol­low­ing to­day’s dis­tress­ing news,” said South­gate. “Ev­ery­body across the game is right be­hind one of English foot­ball’s greats and we are will­ing him to pull through.”

That mes­sage was echoed by many within foot­ball, and it seemed that Hod­dle was show­ing signs of re­cov­ery last night, with his spokesman say­ing: “The con­di­tion is se­ri­ous but Glenn is re­ceiv­ing spe­cial­ist treat­ment and re­spond­ing well.”

Chris Hughton, the Brighton man­ager who was a team-mate of Hod­dle at Tot­ten­ham, led the well-wish­ers. He said: “It’s very sad news. Glenn’s some­body I’ve known from the age of 12 or 13. He was a school­boy when I was there and the star player we all looked up to – and could never get near.

“So cer­tainly my thoughts and my prayers are with him. But he’s got a strong char­ac­ter and I’m sure he’ll bat­tle through it.”

Hod­dle is re­garded as one of the most ta­lented English play­ers of his gen­er­a­tion, hav­ing won 53 caps and played at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Micky Haz­ard, who played along­side Hod­dle in the Spurs mid­field, said: “Just seen the news about my hero, my prayers are with you @Glen­nHod­dle. In shock. Come on Ghod get those magic feet mov­ing, the foot­ball world is with you ev­ery step of the way.”

Gra­ham Roberts, an­other ex-Spurs team-mate, wrote: “Think­ing of the great­est player I have ever played with.” Tot­ten­ham, Chelsea and Eng­land all sent their own mes­sage of good will.

Hod­dle made his name with his boy­hood club Tot­ten­ham, where he spent 12 years in the first team, win­ning the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 as well as the 1984 Uefa Cup. He went on to win the Ligue 1 ti­tle with Monaco, un­der Arsene Wenger, and played for Chelsea.

As a young man­ager, Hod­dle led Swin­don Town to the Pre­mier League and took Chelsea to the 1994 FA Cup fi­nal. He man­aged Eng­land be­tween 1996 and 1999, in­clud­ing at the 1998 World Cup.

Good­will mes­sages: Glenn Hod­dle was said to be re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to hos­pi­tal treat­ment last night

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