LIVERPOOL legend and former Wales coach John Toshack is in intensive care after developing complications during his battle with Covid.
The respected Basque daily El Diario Vasco said the 72-year-old’s condition had worsened over the past few hours after doctors confirmed he was suffering from “severe pneumonia”.
Toshack, who has had a successful management career with the likes of Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, are said to be in a hospital in Barcelona, where he lives with his wife Maite.
There has not been any official comment from his family or the hospital yet.
Local reports say the Welshman, who started his playing career with hometown club Cardiff City before joining Liverpool in 1970 and went on to form a wonderful partnership with Kevin Keegan, admitted to the hospital Monday after falling ill over the weekend.
He is said to have been in intensive care since then, with his oxygen levels dropping to dangerous levels and his health situation complicated over the past few hours.
According to former footballer El Diario Vasco, the son of a Scottish carpenter moved to Wales while serving in the RAF, where he met and married Toshack’s mother, Joan, who has been on a ventilator since on Saturday.
His wife is believed to be in the hospital where Toshack is said to be in intensive care, named locally the Hospital Hospital Barcelona, a teaching hospital founded in 1906, now a part of the public health system of Catalonia.
In 2020, it was ranked by the American weekly news magazine Newsweek as the best hospital in Spain and one of the 25 best hospitals in the world.
It is located on the left side of the trendy Eixample district in Barcelona, home to the famous La Sagrada Familia as well as upscale shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Liverpool fans began reacting to the news on social media on Sunday.
Irish Reds Liverpool said in a statement on Twitter: “We send our best wishes to our former player John Toshack, who has been taken to hospital.
Liverpool FC’s Esto Es Anfield website in Spanish wrote: “Our John Toshack, admitted in serious condition for Covid. He has been at UCI in Barcelona for six days battling severe pneumonia caused by Covid and since Saturday he needs a ventilator.
“From here, all the power to our great player.”
Toshack has helped Liverpool win two championships, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup on two occasions, the FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
His partnership with Keegan is so fruitful that the two are described as telepathic.
He led Swansea City to three promotions in four seasons after leaving Liverpool to join Swansea City as player-manager in March 1978.
His achievements prompted former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly to describe him at the time as ‘manager of the century.’
He was a two-time Wales manager after managing clubs including Sporting, Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.
He has a son named Jon Cameron, a former Welsh footballer and professional coach, with ex-wife Susan.
Swansea City Football Club said on its official Twitter account: “The thoughts of everyone at Swansea City are with John Toshack and his family.
“We are all with you. Keep fighting.”
A receptionist at Hospital Hospital Barcelona said no one was available to speak to the press on Sunday.
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