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

20:21  21 april  2017
20:21  21 april  2017 Source:   Goal.com

Southgate: Ugo a credit to football

  Southgate: Ugo a credit to football Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Ugo Ehiogu and spoken of the "true partnership" he shared with his former team-mate.England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Ugo Ehiogu and spoken of the "true partnership" he shared with his former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough team-mate.

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.

Ehiogu's wife to start charity

  Ehiogu's wife to start charity The widow of Ugo Ehiogu has set up a fundraising page in his memory following his death on Friday. The former England, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender died on Friday at the age of 44 after he collapsed at Tottenham's training centre - where he was working as the club's under-23s coach - the previous day following a cardiac arrest.Gemma Ehiogu started up a page on JustGiving on April 22 with a notional target of £1,000 to set up a charity in her husband's name and, by 6pm on Monday evening, it had already surpassed that with £11,150 in donations.

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."

Football pays respect to Ehiogu .
Former England and Premier League defender Ugo Ehiogu is being remembered at football grounds across the country this weekend. Ehiogu, a former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender, died at the age of 44 on Friday, after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham Hotspur's training facility on Thursday.Black armbands will be worn by Chelsea and Tottenham players in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday evening.A minute's applause will be held prior to kick-off, with Villa's west-Midlands derby against Birmingham City doing likewise on Sunday.

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