Latics manager pays tribute to former team-mate Gohouri

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LATICS boss Gary Caldwell has paid tribute to his former team-mate Steve Gohouri.

Gohouri, 34, was found dead on the shores of the River Rhine in Krefeld, to the north-west of Dusseldorf, on December 31, three weeks after he went missing following a Christmas party at his current fourth division German side TSV Steinbach.

Wigan manager Caldwell, who used to play with Gohouri at the club, lead the tributes to the Ivory Coast International.

He said: "We heard the fans singing in the second half, and then when we got in to the dressing room at the end we heard the news.

"It's tragic, for someone so young to have lost their life, somebody who not so long ago was a team-mate of ours.

"Our thoughts go out to his family, and it was nice to hear the Wigan fans showing their support in that manner.

"He was very eccentric, and 'out there'.

"I always remember he used to take a bit of stick for his clothes when he'd come in for training.

"He was also a very good footballer - very quick, very strong - and somebody I enjoyed playing with."

Dusseldorf Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the events of Gohouri's death.

Wigan goalkeeping coach Mike Pollitt, who used also used to play with Gohouri said: "I heard the fans singing his name in the second half, and I wondered what was going on.

"Then Tim Chow told me after the game, and I just thought: 'Wow'.

"It's just tragic, incredible, so sad to hear, awful.

"We don't know the circumstances, but obviously all our thoughts go out to his family at this time.

"He was such a lovely lad, I always got on really well with him.

"He was a real character in the dressing room, never a moment's trouble during the time he was here.

"When he came in to the side, he had a spell where he put in some great performances during the Premier League years.

"He'll probably be most remembered for that famous goal at Anfield, and for helping us stay in the top flight while he was here.

"His dress sense was always unusual, a little bit different.

"He'd drive a different car every other week, some of them looking like the Bat-mobile, but that summed up his colourful character.

"You need that in the dressing room, in the group, and he definitely added a bit of colour to the group."