Good news for ex-Pools coach

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FORMER Hartlepool United coach Kevin Sheedy has been told his cancer surgery has been a success.

The former Republic of Ireland international, who worked alongside Mike Newell at Victoria Park from 2002-03, was told last month that he was suffering from bowel cancer.

Sheedy, who was inundated with goodwill messages from the football world, underwent surgery shortly after his diagnosis and was informed this week the operation had been successful.

The 52-year-old said: “I will need regular checks to monitor my recovery.

“My symptoms were blood in my stools and a change in my bowel habits because I was always on the toilet.

“My mother died of bowel cancer two years ago and my father is in remission after a successful operation seven years ago.

“I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP.

“My life has been saved through early detection and I am told that over 90 per cent who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated.

“Don’t be embarrassed to go otherwise you could die of that embarrassment.”

He added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who sent me messages of support, which I got from all over the world.

“It was very touching and really helped me to deal with my situation knowing that so many people were rooting for me.”