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Ron Atkinson: Ex-Villa and Albion boss recovering after being admitted to hospital in Tenerife

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Former Villa manager Ron Atkinson has been discharged from a hospital in Tenerife after picking up a kidney infection.

Ron Atkinson

The 71-year-old, who also had two spells in charge of Albion, fell ill while holidaying on the Spanish island.

Atkinson spent two nights in hospital before he was granted permission to cut his holiday short and fly back to England.

Atkinson tweeted: "Thanks for all the well wishes just had a few days in hospital after a little kidney infection, I’ll be back very soon."

His agent Tony Clarke said: "Ron has been in Tenerife where he picked up a little kidney infection.

"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."

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He added that his thoughts were with Leicester City following yesterday's helicopter crash and also the family of Glenn Hoddle who was taken unwell on Saturday.

A giant of Midlands football, Atkinson began his career as a trainee with Wolves.

He first took over Albion in 1978 but left to join Manchester United. He re-joined the Baggies in 1987.

Atkinson guided Villa to silverware in 1994 when they lifted the League Cup. He also managed Coventry.

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