Former Owls boss Brian Laws has revealed he had double heart bypass surgery in the summer and owes his life to his doctor.
Laws told the Alan Biggs Show on Sheffield Live TV on Thursday evening that he had a series of tests following a heartburn attack and they did not indicate any problems.
He said he felt fine but that his doctor said he was not satisfied with the results and had a “hunch” that there was something wrong.
The ex-Wednesday manager was due to go on holiday to Dubai but his GP convinced him to have more tests and these revealed a 95 per cent blockage in his heart area.
Laws said: “I owe my life really to my doctor.”
He added: “He almost forced me into a corner to do something and I am so happy he did.
“When he found out about the blockage he actually held my hand when he told me and said ‘you’re the luckiest man I know because if you went on holiday you wouldn’t be coming back. That’s how close you are to a major heart attack’.”
Laws cancelled his holiday and quickly had the operation, which appears to have been an overwhelming success.
He said his doctor has given him the all-clear but told him that if he had one piece of advice then it would be to steer clear of football, Laws having endured the physical demands as a player for 20 years and then the mental strain as a manager for a similar period.
The full interview can be viewed via Alan’s Twitter account, @AlanBiggs1