Jefferies recovering after heart attack

Last Updated: 16/09/19 11:00pm

Former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies is recovering after suffering a heart attack
Former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies is recovering after suffering a heart attack

Former Hearts and Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies is recovering after suffering a heart attack while playing golf on Monday.

The 68-year-old was taken by ambulance after collapsing on Gullane golf course in East Lothian and is now recovering in hospital.

Jefferies, who also played for Hearts, led the Tynecastle side to Scottish Cup glory in 1998 beating Rangers 2-1 at Celtic Park. He is currently sporting director at Edinburgh City.

Jefferies also managed Kilmarnock
Jefferies also managed Kilmarnock

“As has been reported in tonight’s press, sporting director Jim Jefferies suffered a heart attack earlier today while on the golf course,” an Edinburgh City statement said.

“We can confirm that club chairman Jim Brown has spoken to Jim on the phone this evening and are pleased to say that he is in good spirits and looking forward to making a full recovery.

“Both the club and Jim would like to thank everyone who has been in contact to wish him well and appreciate greatly their kind thoughts at this difficult time.”

He had two spells in charge of Hearts, and also managed Berwick Rangers, Falkirk, Bradford City, Kilmarnock and, most recently, Dunfermline.

Hearts, Kilmarnock and Dunfermline wished him well on Twitter on Monday evening.

Hearts tweeted: “Everyone at Heart of Midlothian Football Club would like to wish former captain and cup-winning manager Jim Jefferies a speedy recovery after he took ill earlier today. Get well soon, JJ!”

Jefferies (left) and assistant Billy Brown celebrate with the Scottish Cup in 1998
Jefferies (left) and assistant Billy Brown celebrate with the Scottish Cup in 1998

A Kilmarnock tweet said: “Everyone associated with the club wish our former manager a quick recovery. We hope you feel better soon Jim.”

Dunfermline tweeted: “Everyone at Dunfermline is wishing former manager Jim Jefferies a speedy recovery following falling ill earlier today. Get well soon Jim!”

Source : Sky Sports