Sport Southgate: Ugo a credit to football

20:30  21 april  2017
20:30  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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

  Ugo was a credit to football - England boss Southgate leads tributes to Ehiogu Following Ugo Ehiogu's sudden death, former team-mate and current England manager Gareth Southgate was among those to pay tribute.England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to "colossus" Ugo Ehiogu after his sudden death.

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

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.

Ehiogu, who was working as an U23 coach at Tottenham, was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday and a statement from Spurs on Friday announced the 44-year-old had passed away "in the early hours of this morning".

Southgate and Ehiogu enjoyed a successful playing partnership in central defence at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, helping both sides to League Cup triumphs, and the England boss released a statement saying he was devastated by the passing of a man he called a "colossus on the pitch".

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.

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as "a gentleman" and " a credit to football " after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham's training centre, where he worked as the club's under-23 coach

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

He said: "I'm stunned and deeply saddened by Ugo's passing and clearly my initial thoughts are with his wife Gemma, his children and his family.

"I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with.

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

"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 though the coaching pathway with that thirst for learning."

Southgate revealed he had been in contact with former colleagues and team-mates on Friday and spoke of their "disbelief" at the news.

"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," he said.

"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."

Gareth Southgate watches Jack Butland protect Stoke goal from Hammers .
Stoke and West Ham shared the spoils in a goalless draw as Jack Butland kept his first clean sheet since his return - and in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate. The Potters reached the 40-point mark but they had no joy in an attacking sense as Saido Berahino was denied a first goal for the club by Winston Reid's fine block and Adrian's terrific save.Southgate, who missed the Manchester derby on Thursday in favour of attending a rugby league game, witnessed Butland make just his second appearance since he fractured his ankle while on international duty last March.

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