Falkirk technical director Alex Smith in hospital

Alex Smith has been at Falkirk since 2010
Alex Smith has been at Falkirk since 2010

Falkirk technical director Alex Smith is in hospital after a heart scare.

The 74-year-old missed the 2-1 defeat to Hearts tonight after falling ill on Thursday.

Early fears of a suspected heart attack have eased though he is being closely monitored in Forth Valley Royal hospital and is due to be fitted with a pacemaker.

Speaking to the club’s in-house TV channel, Peter Houston said: “The good thing is it’s not a heart attack.

“He took a bad turn on Thursday evening and came in on Friday morning after signing himself out of hospital. He was due to go to the Scotland match on Friday night and reported back to the hospital but was told he wasn’t going.

“He will be fitted with a pacemaker – as Alex Ferguson was 15 years or so ago and he’s been right as rain – so the good thing is they’ve caught it at this time and it wasn’t a heart attack.

“But Alex has to remember he is 74 and he’s in here five days a week and at our Academy five days a week. At his age he’s doing too much, but he loves his role and he’s a good ear to talk to but he’ll have to slow down a bit, though that’s easier said than done.”

Smith was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to football. He turns 75 next month.

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