Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu suffered a suspected heart attack and was rushed to hospital after collapsing at the club’s training centre on Thursday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was among the shocked staff who rushed to the Academy pitches, where Ehiogu had been coaching, to check on the condition of the 44-year-old after an ambulance and paramedics were called shortly before noon.
Former Aston Villa and England central defender Ehiogu was treated at the training ground by Spurs medical staff before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Witnesses said that Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez were clearly upset as they left the scene, with staff at the training ground also saddened by what happened.
Pochettino later held his weekly press conference while Tottenham informed Ehiogu’s family of what happened.
We can confirm that Ugo Ehiogu is currently in hospital after collapsing at our Training Centre earlier today. pic.twitter.com/uLZkb3hYHS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 20, 2017
In a statement, Tottenham said: “We can confirm that Ugo Ehiogu is currently in hospital after collapsing at our Training Centre earlier today.
“Our Under-23s coach received immediate treatment on site from our medical staff before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.
“Everyone at the Club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family. We shall continue to provide updates when we have further information.”
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 20, 2017
Having been born in East London, Ehiogu joined West Bromwich Albion as a trainee before moving to Villa where he made his name and played for nine years, winning the League Cup twice.
He moved to Middlesbrough in 2000 and won the League Cup for the third time in his career before spells at Leeds United, Rangers and Sheffield United. He won four England caps and retired in 2009.
Ehiogu moved into coaching and started working part-time with the Tottenham youth teams before he was appointed coach of the Under-21 team in 2014. He has since moved on to take charge of the U23 development side.