‘He had more talent than three of us put together’: Graeme Souness pays tribute to ‘class act’ Glenn Hoddle after heart attack in BT Sport studio
- Glenn Hoddle suffered a heart attack after collapsing on Saturday morning
- Former England manager remains in a serious condition in hospital
- Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp payed tribute on Sky Sports on Sunday
Graeme Souness has added his voice to the growing number of well-wishers for Glenn Hoddle after his heart attack.
The former England manager collapsed in the BT Sport studio on Saturday and was fighting for his life at hospital later that night.
Hoddle was given immediate mouth-to-mouth by a member of the production staff and remains in serious condition though responding well.
Graeme Souness has paid tribute to Glenn Hoddle as he recovers from a heart attack
Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s visit of Crystal Palace, Souness said: I played against Glenn many times, an absolute class act. The last decade I’ve got to know him quite well through golf, and he is genuinely one of life’s good guys.
‘He had more talent than the three of us [Souness, Alex Scott, Jamie Redknapp] put together, so much ability. Having got to know him he is genuinely one of life’s nice guys.
I only wish him well, he’ll be in great hands where he is and I’m sure he’ll do well. You have to have a bit of courage the way he played football and I’m sure that’ll stand him in good stead right now.’
Jamie Redknapp, whose father Harry was on the same programme, Saturday Morning Savage, as Hoddle when the incident occured described him as a ‘friend and a hero’.
Hoddle was taken seriously ill following filming at the BT Sports studios with Harry Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp described the former England manager as a ‘friend and a hero’
He said: ‘He was one of those people who made you want to be a footballer. Dad was working with him yesterday when it happened, and called me up straight after. He was in bits, the respect he had for Glenn, and he feared the worst.
‘Hopefully he is making a turn for the better, we want to see him back on our screens soon. I owe Glenn a lot in my career.’
A spokesman for Hoddle said on Sunday: ‘Glenn remains in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack yesterday. He continues to respond well to treatment.
‘The family are grateful to everyone in the football family – and beyond – that have sent kind messages of support, they are very much appreciated.
Hoddle (left) celebrated his 61st birthday on the Saturday Morning Savage show
‘In particular, Glenn and his family would like to publicly thank the BT Sport staff that treated him immediately on set following his collapse.
‘Glenn is now in the care of the professional NHS medical services, who have also been exemplary in helping him and the family during the last 24 hours.
‘Doctors have advised the most important thing for Glenn is time to rest. Therefore, his family have reiterated the request for their privacy to be respected during this period.’
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