Sav­age re­veals coun­selling af­ter dou­ble blow

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FOR­MER Wales in­ter­na­tional Robbie Sav­age ad­mits he’s had to “re-eval­u­ate his whole life” fol­low­ing the Leices­ter City he­li­copter tragedy and Glenn Hod­dle’s heart at­tack last week­end.

Foxes chair­man Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and four oth­ers lost their lives when the Thai busi­ness­man’s he­li­copter crashed just out­side Leices­ter’s King Power Sta­dium last Satur­day night.

It came on the same day that Hod­dle was rushed to hospi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack.

Sav­age had been work­ing along­side Hod­dle at BT Sport stu­dios be­fore the ex-Eng­land boss col­lapsed.

And Sav­age ad­mits he was left in tears af­ter fear­ing the worst for Hod­dle – who has since re­sponded to treat­ment – af­ter his col­lapse, adding that the tributes paid from around the foot­ball world to Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and the other four vic­tims of the he­li­copter crash has been over­whelm­ing.

“Noth­ing on earth can pre­pare you for the ter­ri­ble shock of what hap­pened in the BT Sport stu­dios last Satur­day,” the for- mer Leices­ter mid­fielder wrote in his col­umn for the Mir­ror.

“It was one of my worst ex­pe­ri­ences, the most shock­ing thing I have ever wit­nessed. And yet, if Glenn Hod­dle makes a good re­cov­ery – and the early signs of him re­spond­ing to treat­ment have been pos­i­tive – it will also be the great­est re­sult.

“It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say it has made me re-eval­u­ate my whole life.

“I have no time for neg­a­tiv­ity any more. Life is too pre­cious.

And on the tragic events at Leices­ter, Sav­age wrote: “I only met Vichai once – at Leices­ter’s first-ever Cham­pi­ons League game, a 3-0 win in Bel­gium against Bruges, two years ago – and you could see he was such a proud man that night.

“When peo­ple talk about Leices­ter’s 5,000-1 long-shots pulling off the great­est mir­a­cle in the his­tory of foot­ball, it was Vichai who gave the peo­ple a rea­son to dream.

“He was the man who made dreams come true. Rest in peace.

“The re­sponse of ev­ery­one con­nected with foot­ball has, at least, been over­whelm­ing.”

Robbie Sav­age

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