Gothenburg Great Neale Cooper has praised hospital staff after he received treatment for a heart attack.
The 53-year-old former Dons star was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by paramedics yesterday after he felt soreness in his chest.
Speaking from hospital following a successful operation, he said: “I was up seeing my children in Inverness and we went out walking. I was driving back when, all of a sudden, I got a really sore chest. I thought it was indigestion.
“I came down the road and I was just sat in with my mum watching a bit of telly.
“She went off to bed and I stayed up. It was about 2am and I just knew something wasn’t right.
“I phoned an ambulance and one came straight away. The paramedics told me I’d had a heart attack and I was rushed to hospital. At 2.30pm I was taken straight into the operating theatre.
“They put in what they call a stent and thankfully I’m still here.
“I was struggling yesterday big time, but that’s life. I got treated so well at the hospital – I can’t thank them enough.”
After a wonderful day with my children yesterday in Inverness, I returned to Aberdeen only to suffer a heart attack in…
He added: “My kids have just come down to see me. Hopefully I’ll just be in for another couple of days, but they might do more work on another area.
“I’ve had lots of people phoning and wishing me all the best, which I’m very grateful for.
“It was a real shock. I didn’t expect it but I suppose I’m getting old now. I still keep myself fit, I go out walking quite a bit. But I’m going to have to rest up a bit now.”
The ex-Ross County manager spent two spells at Pittodrie during his playing career and was part of the Aberdeen team that won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.
As well as winning two league titles, four Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup in his Dons career, Cooper also played for Aston Villa, Rangers, Reading, Dunfermline Athletic and Ross County. He managed the Dingwall club from 1996 to 2002 and also had two stints in charge of Hartlepool United, Gillingham and Peterhead.
He spent two years as Derek Adams’ assistant at County before leaving the club in 2014.