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Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu dies

Former England, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44.

Ehiogu, who was Tottenham's under-23s coach collapsed at the clubs training centre on Thursday (20 April) after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Tottenham announced his death this morning, saying in a statement:

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.

– Tottenham Hotspurs statement

Ehiogu, who played for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and was capped by England on four occasions, joined Spurs as a coach in 2014.

Spurs' head of coaching and player development, John McDermott, said:

Words cannot express the sadness that we all feel at the club. Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.

– Tottenham Hotspurs, John McDermott

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Aston Villa show loss of £81m for last financial year

Aston Villa recorded a loss of over £81million for the last financial year, according to the club's latest accounts.

Aston Villa are going through tought times on and off the pitch. Credit: PA

The figures for the 2015/16 period show that with an operating loss of £81.3million the deficit more than trebled, up from £26.6million, before Villa were relegated from the Premier League.

The club's statement states losses of £79.6million due to "exceptional items" but provides little explanation as to what these are, other than to say "for the impairment of tangible fixed assets and intangible assets".

Turnover fell from £115.7million in 2014/15 to £108.8 million, with the club attributing the drop in revenue to a reduction in their share of money from the FA Premier League's broadcasting agreements as a result of the final league standings.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time last season after finishing bottom of the table and are playing outside of the top flight for the first time in 30 years.

Dr Tony Xia completed his takeover of the club on June 14, 2016 so any figures associated with his purchase will not show until the 2016/17 accounts are published

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Aston Villa sign Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane

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Aston Villa have signed Conor Hourihane from Barnsley, the Championship clubs have confirmed.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He joins former Barnsley team-mate James Bree and is Steve Bruce’s fifth signing of the transfer window.

Aston Villa are a massive club and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce.

– Conor Hourihane

Aston Villa announce Lansbury signing

Henri Lansbury Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the signing of midfielder Henri Lansbury.

The 26-year-old arrives at the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Lansbury, who came through the ranks at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, becomes Steve Bruce’s second signing of the transfer window.

He said:

I am delighted to be here at Aston Villa.

As soon as I knew Aston Villa were interested, I wanted to come here.

– Henri Lansbury

Minute's applause to be held at Midlands derby

Graham Taylor died of a heart attack on Thursday Credit: PA

Wolves and Villa fans will hold a minute's applause in memory of Graham Taylor ahead of tomorrow's Midlands derby.

The 72-year-old, who managed both clubs, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

Villa and Wolves players from past and present will lay flowers prior to kickoff and fans will be invited to take part in a minute's applause.

The flags at Molineux have been flying at half mast since news of Taylor's untimely death broke.

A four-page tribute will be included within Saturday's match day programme.

Appeal for clubs to stage tribute to Graham Taylor

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The English Football League is appealing for clubs to stage a minute's applause this weekend to honour popular Midlands manager Graham Taylor, who died at the age of 72.

The ex-Aston Villa manager died of a suspected heart attack at his home on Thursday.

Clubs will have the option of wearing black armbands in his memory ahead of the weekend's fixtures.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the football and entertainment world.

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