Tottenham fans react on Twitter to heartfelt message from Merson about Ehiogu
By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson paid a touching tribute to his former teammate Ugo Ehiogu following his death – and the Tottenham fans showed their support for the pundit on Twitter.
Spurs release a statement on Friday that coach Ehiogu had died of a heart attack.
The Under-23s coach had suffered a cardiac arrest at the club’s Enfield training ground on Thursday and was transferred to hospital.
Tons of tributes have come flooding in throughout Friday and an emotional Merson gave a special speech on his former Aston Villa teammate.
“I am still devastated. He was such a top bloke it was unbelievable,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He was a man-mountain. You know what, Billy Joel always sings a song, ‘Only the good die young’.”
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Merson usually does not go down well with Spurs supporters due to his Arsenal allegiances, but they were extremely supportive of him on social media after his heartfelt words.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Nick Blake (@LutantanNb) April 21, 2017
— Ian Shacklock (@shackers10) April 21, 2017
Just seen Paul Merson's tribute to Ugo, genuinely touching and clearly difficult for him
— Alfie Green (@Aladdin_Sane27) April 21, 2017
I know Merse is a Gooner but respect where it's due real emotion for a fellow colleague.
— Ray Kidd (@RayKidd18) April 21, 2017
Not a fan of paul merson but really felt 4 him & admired his bravery goin in front of d cameras so soon after his friends death. #ugoehiogu
— Zac Johns⚽️n ???????? (@daddyzeeTHFC) April 21, 2017
Not a Merson fan but much respect to him for doing this https://t.co/h92uyfq6q5
— Tottenham Army (@tottenhamarmy01) April 21, 2017
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) April 21, 2017
Really emotional tribute from Merson. Respect goes to him for such a kind gesture
— Ant (@AnthonyCOYS) April 21, 2017
Ehiogu spent his best years at Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000, where he made 248 appearances.
The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before announcing his retirement in 2009.
Defender Ehiogu then moved into coaching and was appointed Spurs’ Under-21s coach in 2014.
The ex-England international has since worked with the Under-23s and Spurs reserve game against Manchester United on Monday has been postponed.
It has since been announced that their will be a minutes applause prior to kick-off in the FA Cup semi-final involving Spurs and Chelsea on Saturday.
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