Former Portsmouth assistant manager hospitalised after suffering heart attack

Jim Duffy (right) was Graham Rix's assistant at Pompey from February 2001 until January 2002Jim Duffy (right) was Graham Rix's assistant at Pompey from February 2001 until January 2002
Jim Duffy (right) was Graham Rix's assistant at Pompey from February 2001 until January 2002
Former Pompey assistant manager Jim Duffy has suffered a heart attack.

The 61-year-old, who is presently Dumbarton boss, was taken to hospital in Glasgow following chest pains on Saturday morning.

According to the Scottish League One club, he has remained under medical attention.

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Duffy, who featured for Dundee and Partick Thistle as a player, joined Pompey in February 2001 as Graham Rix’s assistant.

Rix had replaced Steve Claridge as boss at Fratton Park, with the Blues in Division One.

However, Duffy was dismissed by Milan Mandaric in January 2002, within days of Pompey’s humiliating 4-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Leyton Orient.

The club stated it was by mutual consent to enable the Scot to ‘spend more time with my family in Scotland’.

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Duffy later worked again with Rix at Hearts as a director of football, while subsequently managed Dundee, Brechin City, Clyde, Greenock Morton and Dumbarton.

A statement on Dumbarton’s website read: ‘Dumbarton Football Club sends its very best wishes to manager Jim Duffy, who is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

‘The news has come as a real shock to all at the club, but all indications are that he is making positive progress towards a recovery.

‘As well as Jim, he and his family and many friends are in our thoughts at this difficult moment.

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‘We would also like to thank all NHS staff who are working to ensure Jim comes through this setback and recovers in full.

‘We will post more official information as and when we get it.’

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