Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle was taken to the hospital last night after collapsing in a TV studio on Friday night.
The former England head coach, regarded as one of the finest players of his generation, appeared on BT Sport where he was filmed smiling while playing football tennis with other former footballers and coaches.
The pundits were in shock and looked on in horror as a show-runner from the studio, who had first aid training, started chest compressions before an ambulance crew arrived.
Last night, shocked former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp told The Mail on Sunday: “He was fine one second and then the next second he was on the floor.”
He added: “I don’t know what caused it but it was obviously very serious right away.”
“One guy from BT Sport was fantastic – he was first aid-trained and he was excellent.”
“It was a desperate situation – you just think, ‘Please God, he will be OK’. You won’t meet a nicer guy than Glenn. It was a great day, it was his birthday, we were all having fun and a laugh and without warning, he was on the floor. It was really upsetting to see.
“Obviously, we all wish him and his family well and I hope he can make a speedy and full recovery. That is the most important thing.”
“I have known Glenn ever since he first burst on to the scene. He is a great football man and a great guy.”
“I’ve never heard him have a cross word with anyone – he is an absolute gentleman and we are all praying for him.”