Manchester United legend Bryan Robson is shocked by the death of Ugo Ehiogu.
The Tottenham U23 coach passed away in hospital this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest yesterday.
"It is terribly sad," said United ambassador Bryan Robson. "First of all, I'd like to offer my condolences to all his family. I thought so highly of Ugo as a player and a lad.
"I paid £6million for him up at Middlesbrough and tried to sign him at West Brom but the deal did not go ahead in the end. However, I also signed him at Sheffield United towards the end of his playing career.
"He was such a good, strong defender and a fitness fanatic, which is why it becomes a real shock if it was a heart attack as has been reported. He was always in the gym and always last to leave the training ground. He would often have a massage after training and was really professional.
"I've just spoken to his agent and he was telling me Ugo still went in the gym regularly and really kept on top of his fitness. Although I didn't see him closely on the coaching side, when you get a job within a club like Tottenham, it shows you've got to be highly regarded in that field.
"I know he was a good lad and a team man who would chat to everybody, so I always thought he could be be a coach because he was good at dealing with young lads and was so proud in his fitness and everything else. I knew that he would work really well with youngsters because of that.
"It really is a sad loss."