A BT Sport engineer who saved the life of Glenn Hoddle yesterday has said ‘it was nothing.
Simon Daniels, a member of the production crew, gave Hoddle immediate medical attention when the former England manager suffered a heart attack at the BT Sport studios shortly after appearing on Robbie Savage’s show.
He told The Sun: ‘It was pretty horrific. I just did what I could to help.’
Below is the first picture of the worker who used his special training as a constable to give Glenn Hoddle the kiss of life when the ex-England boss collapsed after suffering a heart attack.
Hoddle is in a serious condition but is responding well to treatment thanks to the quick-thinking of Daniels.
Mr Daniels later added: ‘Robbie Savage, Paul Ince and Harry Redknapp were all praising me after I had dealt with Glenn. I told them, ‘look, I just did what I had to do’.
‘It didn’t matter that it was Glenn Hoddle or someone who I didn’t know. Someone was having a medical episode and if I didn’t do something it would have got worse’.
Simon Daniels, pictured with the Premier League trophy, gave Hoddle immediate medical attention
Glenn Hoddle (left) celebrated his 61st birthday on the Saturday Morning Savage show
Hoddle was taken seriously ill following filming at the BT Sports studios with Harry Redknapp
BT Sport have said that Glenn Hoddle is currently receiving treatment in a London hospital
Glenn Hoddle had played keepy uppy just moments before the incident
On Saturday night Glenn Hoddle was fighting for his life after collapsing in the BT studios
A spokesman for Hoddle said: ‘Glenn remains in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack yesterday. He continues to respond well to treatment.
‘The family are grateful to everyone in the football family – and beyond – that have sent kind messages of support, they are very much appreciated.
‘In particular, Glenn and his family would like to publicly thank the BT Sport staff that treated him immediately on set following his collapse.
‘Glenn is now in the care of the professional NHS medical services, who have also been exemplary in helping him and the family during the last 24 hours.
‘Doctors have advised the most important thing for Glenn is time to rest. Therefore, his family have reiterated the request for their privacy to be respected during this period.’
Daniels, a special sergeant with Thames Valley Police, insists that all he did was what was necessary when Hoddle became ill.
He tweeted: ‘So pleased that Glenn is now getting the best care possible in hospital. Just did what was necessary to give him a fighting chance.
‘Thoughts are with his family. It was my training as a Special Constable that paid off.’
And the actions of Daniels were praised by Assistant Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Nikki Ross.
She tweeted: ‘Well done Simon. Sounds like you were incredible! @ThamesVP.’
The 61-year-old made his name as a midfielder at Tottenham during the 1980s
Hoddle went into management and took England to the 1998 World Cup in France
Glenn Hoddle speaks to Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier and John Stones at the World Cup
Hoddle had to be given mouth-to-mouth by a crew member amid fears that he had died, according to The Sun.
They report that Hoddle’s face turned blue as he fell backwards to the floor and cracked his head.
He was then flown to hospital for emergency surgery after suffering a heart attack.
Moments before his collapse, Hoddle was filmed laughing and smiling as he played teqball — a cross between table tennis and football — with fellow guest Paul Ince during a break in the London studio.
Well-wishes poured in on social media, including former England team-mate Gary Lineker who tweeted: ‘Hugely worrying news that Glenn Hoddle collapsed at the BT studios earlier. Thoughts are with him and his family. Come on Glenn’.
Hoddle earned 53 England caps during his career and made his name in the 1970s and 80s as a midfield playmaker with Tottenham. He spent 12 years with the London club before joining Monaco.
He spent 12 years with the London club before joining Monaco.
Hoddle celebrates with Ricky Villa after clinching the FA Cup with Spurs in 1981
He then had spells managing Swindon and Chelsea before taking charge of England between 1996 and 1999.
After being sacked as England manager he took charge of Southampton, and then his old club Spurs.
Since his last spell of management at Wolves came to an end in 2006 he has fulfilled media work, most notably at ITV Sport and then BT Sport.