Former Canaries caretaker boss Jim Duffy recovering in hospital after heart attack

PUBLISHED: 14:46 24 June 2020 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 June 2020

Former Norwich City caretaker boss Jim Duffy is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack. Picture: Mark Stephenson/Archant

Former Norwich City caretaker boss Jim Duffy is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack. Picture: Mark Stephenson/Archant

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Former Norwich City assistant manager and caretaker boss Jim Duffy is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The Scot, 61, is said to be making positive progress after being admitted to hospital in Glasgow over the weekend with chest pains.

Duffy is currently managing Scottish League One side Dumbarton after managerial stints with Brechin City, Clyde and Greenock Morton since leaving the Carrow Road in 2007.

The ex-Chelsea youth coach was assistant to Peter Grant during his time at the club before a brief spell as caretaker boss where he lost three consecutive matches prior to Glenn Roeder’s appointment.

Duffy is said to be recovering well and hopes to be released from hospital in the near future.

Duffy assisted Peter Grant during his tenure as Canaries boss. Picture: Maarten Straetemans/ArchantDuffy assisted Peter Grant during his tenure as Canaries boss. Picture: Maarten Straetemans/Archant

He is set to take charge of his third season at the League One club, with Dumbarton finishing 6th after their season was curtailed.

Speaking about the ordeal, City’s former assistant said: “I felt an excruciating pain in my chest when I got up on Saturday morning.

“It was so severe that I went to hospital and tests showed that I had suffered a heart attack.

“It was a shock to the system when you hear it but I have been well looked after since,” Duffy told the Scottish Sun.

“In these circumstances it’s worse for your family but my wife Joanne and kids Paul and Kim have been coping OK.

“The NHS has been in the news a lot lately because of the coronavirus pandemic but I’ve seen for myself how brilliantly and professionally they do their jobs.

“I’ve had a lot of tests done and I’m very hopeful I’ll be allowed home in the coming days.”

Dumbarton chairman John Steele said the reaction to the news shows how popular Duffy is - not only at Dumbarton, but “across Scottish football and beyond”.

“We are extremely grateful to all who have been in touch to register their good wishes for Jim. Every single message we have received is appreciated,” Steele added.

“Once Jim has made a full recovery, we feel absolutely sure we will see him back on the training pitch and in the dugout - and we look forward to that happening.”

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