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Former Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Jimmy Calderwood

Former Aberdeen and Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood has announced that he has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

The 62-year-old went public about his condition to raise awareness about the disease.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Calderwood said: “If I can help others talk more openly about dementia then that will be something positive.

“I can have a moan, as many of my players would say, but I’ve had a wonderful life in football. I’ve seen great places, travelled the world.

“It’s strange, I can still remember the big moments like they were yesterday. You never forget them. Getting promotion with Dunfermline, saving Kilmarnock on the last day of the season.

“I got sacked for a couple of things I don’t think I should have got sacked for. Aberdeen was the hardest one. We got back into Europe and the chairman decided to make a change. That still annoys me.”

Calderwood, who also managed Kilmarnock and Ross County, made a brief appearance as a pundit for last season’s Scottish Cup semi final between Aberdeen and Hibs but admitted that he shouldn’t have taken on the role.

He added: “I felt that wasn’t right and I shouldn’t have done that. I was really angry with myself. It was probably two, two-and-a-half years ago that I started to notice it and it has got worse since then, forgetting things and such. I was still putting myself forward for jobs.

“I knew I was ill but I was still going to watch football and you think you can do it. Who knows if that was the case or not? Eventually, I made the decision; the game’s finished for me. But I enjoyed it all because I just love the game.”

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