Ron Atkinson: Former Manchester United, West Brom and Aston Villa boss recovering at home after hospital stay with kidney infection

29 Oct

Ron Atkinson is recovering at home after being admitted to hospital with a kidney infection during a holiday in Tenerife.

The 79-year-old former Manchester United, West Brom and Aston Villa manager has confirmed on social media he is resting up after flying back to England.

Ron Atkinson suffered a health scare on holiday, his agent has confirmed

Atkinson’s health scare emerged during a shocking weekend for the world of football, with Glenn Hoddle rushed to hospital on Saturday afternoon after collapsing in the BT Studios, and later Leicester City losing their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a tragic helicopter accident following the Foxes’ draw with West Ham.

Leicester confirmed on Sunday that their owner had lost his life in the disaster, with a host of players, clubs and fans playing tribute and offering their thoughts and prayers to the club.

Hoddle, meanwhile, remains in hospital although is said to be responding well to treatment.

There has been some good news, at least, for Atkinson, who confirmed on social media on Sunday that he is fine and recovering at home.

He wrote on Twitter: “Thanks for all the well wishes, just had a few days in hospital after a little kidney infection, I’ll be back very soon.

“My thoughts at this time are currently with everyone connected with LCFC and also Glenn Hoddle and his family #footballfamily.”

Atkinson’s agent, Tony Clarke, said that the legendary manager’s hospital stay was only ‘precautionary’.

“Ron has been in Tenerife where he picked up a little kidney infection,” He said.

“He has been in hospital for a few days but it was just precautionary.

“The problem with Ron is he still thinks he is 21. But it’s no big thing and the hospital have let him fly home.”

Atkinson is well remembered for his career as a manager

Atkinson won a number of top trophies during his long and storied career in football management.

He led Manchester United to two memorable FA Cup triumphs in five years in charge at Old Trafford, but was sacked in 1986 after a disastrous start to the season and was replaced by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson.

Big Ron also took charge of West Brom on two occasions and managed rivals Aston Villa, who he took to League Cup victory in 1994.

He had claimed his first of two League Cup wins with Sheffield Wednesday in 1991, where he was also manager for two different spells, and spent a brief spell in charge of Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

Atkinson leads out his Sheffield Wednesday team against Man United and Alex Ferguson – the man who replaced him at Old Trafford