Former Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood has announced he has younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Calderwood, who has also managed Dunfermline, Kilmarnock and Ross County, revealed he’s been living with the condition privately for two years.
The 62-year-old said: “If by making this public I can help others talk more openly about dementia, then that will be something positive.”
Alzheimer Scotland rallied behind Calderwood, who was Dons boss from 2004 to 2009 and led the team to five consecutive top six finishes and through the UEFA cup group stages to set up a glamour tie with German giants Bayern Munich, as he made the announcement.
He added: “I haven’t been comfortable with keeping this as a secret and when I recently heard that an old team mate of mine in Holland is also living with Alzheimer’s Disease, it prompted me to go public.
“Right now I am still fine, except for being a bit forgetful with some names but I am determined to continue enjoying my life.”