Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ex-Black Cats Boss Pays an Emotional Tribute to Fulop; Football

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ex-Black Cats Boss Pays an Emotional Tribute to Fulop; Football

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FORMER Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia paid an emotional tribute to Marton Fulop as the man who kept the club in the top flight after the goalkeeper died, aged 32.

Fulop's former club MTK Budapest confirmed he had died following a long illness. The Hungarian international played in England between 2004 and 2010 and was on the books of Tottenham, Ipswich and West Brom and also had loan spells with Manchester City, Stoke, Leicester, Chesterfield and Coventry.

But he is best remembered for his time at Sunderland, where he spent more than three years. Sbragia highlighted his save from a Tim Cahill header in a draw at Bolton in May 2009, which earned Sunderland their final point in a season where they finished just ahead of relegated Newcastle.

The Scotland Under-21s head coach fought back tears and could not hide the emotion in his voice as he spoke of his sorrow.

"Marton was everything," said Sbragia, who was in caretaker charge of Sunderland for six months until May 2009. …

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