Savage reveals Hoddle’s collapse has made him ‘re-evaluate’ his life
‘It was one of my worst experiences… the most shocking thing I have ever witnessed’: Robbie Savage reveals Glenn Hoddle’s collapse has made him re-evaluate his life and hails the ‘heroes’ who fought to save him
- Robbie Savage has opened up on the day Glenn Hoddle collapsed at BT Sport
- The 61-year-old former Tottenham boss appeared on Saturday Morning Sav
- Savage had presented him with a birthday cake as they celebrated live on air
- But in his latest column, Savage reveals how the episode has changed his life
- Hoddle, according to the Sun, is now set to undergo a triple-heart bypass
Robbie Savage has described the day Glenn Hoddle collapsed as one of the ‘worst experiences’ of his life and hailed those who saved the former Tottenham manager’s life as ‘heroes’.
The pair are colleagues as pundits for BT Sport and were relaxing in the studio, playing some keepy-uppy football as part of Saturday Morning Sav.
But soon after Hoddle collapsed with colleagues rushing to his aid and, speaking for the first time since the incident, Savage, in his Daily Mirror column, revealed the whole episode has left him shaken and has seen him ‘re-evaluate’ his life.
Robbie Savage has opened up on how Glenn Hoddle’s collapse has changed his outlook on life
Hoddle was taken seriously ill following filming at the BT Sports studios with Harry Redknapp
Hoddle had played keepy uppy on Saturday Morning Sav just moments before the incident
HODDLE FAMILY STATEMENT
‘Glenn and his family are overwhelmed by the best wishes sent from Tottenham Hotspur staff, players, ex-players and most importantly all our tremendous supporters since he was taken ill on Saturday.
‘It has been a huge comfort to have your support and memories to lift us all at such a difficult time, so thank you. Let’s hope for a win tonight to make Hod smile. COYS.’
Those in the studio that day have been referred to a counsellor should they need one as all members of the BT Sport team process what happened to Hoddle.
Savage wrote: ‘It was one of my worst experiences, the most shocking thing I have ever witnessed. And yet, if he 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. But this is not about me.
‘This is about the incredible teamwork and the heroes who made me so proud of my colleagues at BT Sport.
‘Never again will I take life for granted. And whether you are playing football this weekend, going to watch a game or simply following it on the box, have a look at the people around you.
‘You never know how much you may be indebted to them.’
Hoddle was enthusiastic moments before the collapse but is now recovering in hospital
Hoddle had been appearing live on Robbie Savage’s show Saturday Morning Sav on the sports network when he collapsed and cracked his head.
It is understood he received CPR from BT Sport sound supervisor Simon Daniels, who has been credited by witnesses as saving his life.
It is reported that Daniels performed the kiss of life on the former Tottenham, Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea player and that a defibrillator was also used.
He was airlifted to hospital and BT’s Saturday afternoon live scores show was cancelled. Hoddle was then taken out of intensive care last week having responded well to surgery.
The 61-year-old had three stents inserted but is now set for a triple heart bypass according to the Sun.
Hoddle is said to have placed full trust in the doctors despite the daunting procedure.
Hoddle is continuing his recovery in hospital after having surgery to insert three stents
An outpouring of well-wishes have flooded in for Hoddle, a Mail on Sunday columnist, following the incident.
Sportsmail’s Peter Crouch recalled in his Friday column a time when he scored twice in Portsmouth’s 2-0 win over Hoddle’s Tottenham, 18 months after he had been sold by the club.
Crouch said: ‘Afterwards Glenn stopped me in the tunnel and said: “I can’t believe they let you go — it wouldn’t have happened if I had been here then.”
‘Talk about a gee up. He didn’t have to say that to me but it meant the world.
‘So to hear that he had taken seriously ill was awful. I have always got on well with him — we really got to know each other during a golfing trip to Singapore some years ago — and it goes without saying that I’m praying he makes a full recovery.’
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