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Ex-Arsenal ace Graham Rix temporarily stands down as AFC Portchester boss after heart attack

FORMER Arsenal and England ace Graham Rix has been forced to temporarily stand down as manager of Sydenhams Wessex League club AFC?Portchester after suffering a heart attack.

The 59-year-old is recovering at home after the cardiac arrest on April 8.

After retiring as a player, Rix had spells in charge of Chelsea, Portsmouth, Hearts and Oxford United before taking over at Portchester in February 2013.

A statement from the Hampshire club read: “Sad to announce that our manager, Graham Rix, suffered a heart attack. Thankfully he’s comfortable and recovering. All at the club send our thoughts to Linda (his wife) and his family and wish Graham a speedy and full recovery.”

Rix will be succeeded at AFC?Portchester by his newly-appointed assistant, Ian Saunders, who was recently sacked as boss of Southern South & West outfit Winchester City.

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