Support for former NUFC player and coach Terry McDermott after announcing he has dementia

Former Newcastle United player and coach Terry McDermott has revealed he has been diagnosed with dementia.

McDermott, 69, announced on Liverpool FC's official website that he was in the early stages of Lewy Body dementia following hospital tests.

"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."

The former NUFC player added: "The number of ex-players being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's is frightening."

McDermott's announcement comes only two days after Manchester United and Scotland great Denis Law revealed he was suffering from dementia.

Terry McDermott signed for Newcastle in 1973 before making the move to Liverpool a year later.

A number of big names in the sport, including Alan Shearer, have rallied to show their support for Terry since his illness was announced.

McDermott made 329 appearances and scored 81 goals for Liverpool between 1974 and 1982, helping the Reds to four league titles and three European Cup victories as well as UEFA Cup success and two League Cup crowns.

The former England international later had spells working as assistant manager at Newcastle, alongside the likes of Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce, as well as with Huddersfield and Birmingham.