Newcastle mourn death of Srnicek
Newcastle fans and former team-mates have been paying tribute to Pavel Srnicek following his death at the age of 47.
The hugely popular former goalkeeper suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging in his native Czech Republic on December 20 and suffered irreversible brain damage.
His agent, Steve Wraith, said in a statement: "It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Newcastle United player Pavel Srnicek. Pavel suffered a cardiac arrest before the Christmas period in his home country and had been in an induced coma in hospital with his close family around his bedside.
"Despite the best medical attention the final brain scans on Monday showed irreversible damage and the decision had to be taken to switch off the life support machine. Pav passed away on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 2015 with his family by his side.
"Pavel, the goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague, had recently been on a whistle-stop tour of Tyneside to promote his autobiography, 'Pavel Is A Geordie', something that he was very proud of.
"My final conversation with him was about getting the entertainers team back together one more time for charity next year as it will be 20 years since that Newcastle team almost won the Premier League.
"We will make that happen and celebrate this great man's life together. United. Fans and players alike."
Srnicek made 190 appearances for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998 and went on to have spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before returning to St James' Park in 2006.
His release the following year brought an end to his playing career but he remained in the game and was working as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague when he collapsed.
But he considered Newcastle his home club and it is in the North East where his loss will be felt most keenly within football.