21 Apr 2017


The League Managers Association is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, one of the country’s brightest young coaches.

Ugo enrolled on the LMA Diploma in Football Management, in association with the University of Liverpool, in June 2016 as part of his ambition to further his career and was on course to graduate this summer.

Course director Professor Sue Bridgewater said: “We have been fortunate to spend a great deal of time with Ugo over the past year. A nicer and more genuinely lovely man you couldn't wish to meet. An up and coming coach and prospective football manager, he had such a bright future ahead of him. I am devastated to hear this news and my condolences are with all of Ugo's family and friends."

Paying tribute to Ugo, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “As a player and then a coach, Ugo was a credit to the modern game. His record of over 400 games, mostly at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the Premier League, plus his caps for England are proof enough of his quality as a player and his character as a person.

“When he decided to take up coaching it was with the same determination and qualities that carried him through his playing career. When he joined the LMA Diploma in Football Management his desire to learn was second to none.

“Our thoughts are with Ugo’s family at this time.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: "Ugo was a gentle and studious man with tremendous potential as a coach. He used his experiences as a Premier League player and former England international to help improve the young players he worked with throughout his coaching career with The FA and Tottenham Hotspur.

“He will be sorely missed by his fellow Diploma students and all at the LMA.”

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