Sport Ugo was a credit to football - England boss Southgate leads tributes to Ehiogu

20:21  21 april  2017
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Ehiogu collapses in training

  Ehiogu collapses in training Tottenham's under-23s coach Ugo Ehiogu has been rushed to hospital after collapsing on Thursday. The 44-year-old former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough player was taken ill at the club's training centre.Spurs revealed the news via Twitter:The north London club added: "Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family. We shall continue to provide updates when we have further information."The Homerton-born defender also played for West Brom, Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United.

Tributes pour in for Ugo Ehiogu . Facebook. Twitter. WhatsApp. Email. “ Ugo and Gareth Southgate were the rock on which Steve McClaren brought the club its best period in its history. Massive music fan Ugo Ehiogu found new passion after football . Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu , 44, has

Steve McClaren and Steve Gibson have led the tributes to Ugo Ehiogu , who has died aged 44. The former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and England defender He said: “I’m deeply shocked. I would regularly bump into Ugo . Football is a small world and he was always warm, friendly and welcoming.

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England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to "colossus" Ugo Ehiogu after his sudden death.

Tottenham announced on Friday that their Under-23 coach Ehiogu, 44, had passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club's training centre a day earlier.

Eulogies have poured in for the former defender, with Southgate - who played alongside him for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England - calling Ehiogu "a credit to football".

"He was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about," Southgate said.

Massive music fan Ugo Ehiogu found new passion after football

  Massive music fan Ugo Ehiogu found new passion after football Ugo Ehiogu tackled life after football with as much passion as he showed on the pitch - from becoming a partner in new record label to helping develop the next generation of talent at Tottenham. The former England defender died at the age of 44 after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre, where he was coach of the Under-23s, following a cardiac arrest.Born in Homerton, east London, Ugochuku started out on the long road towards becoming a professional at Senrab Football Club, the local team which can count the likes of Ray Wilkins, Bobby Zamora, Jermain Defoe, Sol Campbell and John Terry among its former players.

England manager Gareth Southgate says he is "stunned" by the death of former team-mate Ugo Ehiogu . Read more on Sportsday - Ugo Ehiogu tributes . Football notifications, social media and more.

He formed one half of a formidable central defensive partnership with Paul McGrath, whose brilliance and experience aided his development, and also played in the Villa rearguard alongside England manager Gareth Southgate . Sportsday - Ugo Ehiogu tributes . Live.

"I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and, while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other.

"We shared highs, lows and won a couple of trophies together with Villa and Boro and it's those memories that I will always cherish when I think of Ugo.

"He was one of the most professional people I played with in terms of how he applied himself to his job and it was great to see him progressing through the coaching pathway with that thirst for learning.

"I've spoken to several of our former team-mates today and there's just a sense of disbelief that we're having these conversations. Ugo was a credit to football, a credit to his family and he will be missed by everybody who was lucky enough to know him."

Ehiogu spent nine years at Villa Park and current Villa boss Steve Bruce added his sorrow at the loss.

"All of the football world will be shocked and saddened," he told a pre-match news conference ahead of Villa's derby clash with Birmingham City, where they will hold a minute's applause.

"We've just had a couple in [the dressing room] who are devastated to hear the news."

Spurs coaches in Ehiogu tribute .
Ugo Ehiogu was a standard bearer for aspiring football coaches, according to Tottenham academy coaches Kenny Jackett and Taff Rahman. Tottenham U23 coach Ehiogu died last week, aged 44, after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground and being rushed to hospital.Former Rotherham and Millwall boss Jackett has been coaching at Tottenham's academy since the turn of the year, and speaking at Kick It Out's Raise Your Game conference on Monday, Jackett said Spurs youngsters are still coming to terms with Ehiogu's death.

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