Des Lynam was ‘distraught’ after his former co-star Mark Lawrenson claimed he had Alzheimer’s during a podcast.
The broadcasters used to be on Match of the Day together and Mark suggested Des could be suffering ‘Alzheimer’s or dementia’ while on the Off the Ball podcast.
Mark originally claimed: ‘I don’t think he’s too well at the moment. I think he’s struggling a little bit.
‘I don’t know if it’s Alzheimer’s or dementia but he’s not in the greatest of health I’m afraid.’
However, Des’s agent insisted he did not suffer from either Alzheimer’s or any other similar condition.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Des was devastated when he heard Mark had announced this.
‘He’s enjoying retirement now, so the last thing he wants is to be worrying friends and family, or them thinking he’s ill when he’s not. Des is fit and healthy.’
Des had commentated on MOTD between 1988 and 1999 while Mark regularly appeared on both Football Focus and MOTD with Des.
Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland footballer Mark joined Joe Molloy on 22 March to discuss his trophy-laden career as well as the memories in the MOTD studio.
Mark mentioned how he was first interview by Des in the late 70s for the Topical Times football book.
‘He was relaxed, always had a twinkle in his eye, always liked a bit of a laugh and a joke,’ the football pundit continued.
‘He was one of those when he did the programme, he would have to be right for him but he was great with people around him.’
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