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Blackburn legend Tony Parkes breaks down in interview where it is revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer's as Alan Shearer leads support

By Sam Blitz For Mailonline

Published: 12:24 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 12:36 GMT, 3 February 2020

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 Legendary Blackburn Rovers coach Tony Parkes broke down in tears during a revealing interview with his daughter about his struggles with Alzheimers.   

The 70-year-old appeared 350 times for Rovers during his playing career, before joining as a coach after retiring in 1982 - a position he held until 2004.  

 Parkes helped coach the likes of Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton and Colin Hendry during his time at Ewood Park and was instrumental behind the scenes when Blackburn won their first ever Premier League title in 1994. 

Parkes, who also worked as a coach and caretaker manager at Blackpool between 2005 and 2009, has received the online support from former players he worked with, including Charlie Adam, Mark Atkins and Shearer.

Former Blackburn legend Shearer posted on Twitter: 'So sad to see Tony suffering. Our Rovers dressing room loved him.'

Meanwhile, former Blackpool midfielder Adam, who went on to captain the Seasiders after Parkes left the club , tweeted: 'So sad to see this great man suffering from Alzheimer's. He gave me the opportunity to come to @BlackpoolFC.

'He steadied the club at a very rough time.

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