Liverpool legend, Terry McDermott has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with Dementia.
McDermott enjoyed a 18 year playing career between 1969-87 which began at Bury before spending two spells at Newcastle United, either side of a nine-season stint at Liverpool where he won 16 trophies including five First Division titles before finishing his career at Cork City then APOEL.
McDermott has now confirmed that he ‘is in the early stages of Lewy Body dementia following hospital tests.’
Lewy Body dementia is a progressive type of dementia which affects the ability of thinking, reasoning and independence, which happens due to abnormal microscopic deposits which damages brain cells across several years.
Speaking on his announcement, the ex Merseyside born midfielder bravely said: “I’ve got to get on with it and I will. It’s the way I’ve been brought up. Nothing has come to me easily. I’m not frightened of taking it on and also, as we’ve seen, there are a lot of former players in a worse state than me.”
McDermott went on to iterate that he is used to battles through his on-pitch experiences, describing “battling” as “second nature” to him.
The 25 time capped England international also admitted that the rise in ex footballers being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease “is frightening” to see, following Manchester United’s Denis Law’s announcement on Thursday (19 August).
McDermott was present to see Liverpool’s Premier League victory against Burnley on Saturday (21 August) as fans returned to Anfield for the first time since March 2020, having been largely shut out last season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
McDermott went on to add that he had been looking forward to seeing Anfield packed again, commenting: “I’ve been looking forward to going down to Anfield and seeing the lads, people I have known for years and having a good craic with them,” as he vowed to attend more regularly whilst he still can do so.
Since retiring, McDermott went on to become a coach at several teams including Newcastle, Birmingham City and Huddersfield, with the Terriers and Birmingham tweeting ‘their best wishes’ to their former Assistant Coach.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) August 21, 2021
Former Assistant Coach, Terry McDermott, has been diagnosed with dementia.
We’re all with you, Terry! 💙 pic.twitter.com/g8tEFtPQoz
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 21, 2021
Liverpool meanwhile released a statement saying: ‘Everybody at Liverpool Football Club sends their love and best wishes to Terry and his family and the club will offer any and all support.’