Former Sunderland defender Todd to have heart surgery

Colin Todd.
Colin Todd.
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FORMER Sunderland defender Colin Todd is in hospital awaiting surgery for a heart by-pass.

Chester-le-Street-born Todd, currently manager of Danish side Randers FC, experienced chest pain during a training camp last week.

The ex-Middlesbrough and Bolton manager consulted the club’s doctor before undergoing tests, and is now in hospital in the Danish city of Aarhus awaiting surgery.

“I’m always positive in my thinking and the staff here at the hospital are keeping a watchful eye on me,” said Todd, who made 173 appearances for Sunderland after coming through the club’s youth ranks.

“Being hospitalized is completely new to me, but the situation in Denmark is truly amazing, much better than in England.”

Todd, 65, will be away from the dug-out for a month as he recuperates from the operation, with the second half of the Danish season getting underway last weekend after the winter break.

First-team coach Thomas Thomasberg will take charge of the side during his absence.

Former England international Todd has been in charge of Randers for the past 18 months, with the side lying in mid-table in the Danish top flight.