Fabrice Muamba devastated after Bolton sack Owen Coyle, but claims ‘football is a results game’

By Dean Wilkins

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba is ‘devastated’ to see his old manager Owen Coyle leave the club but claimed it was for the best.

The 24-year-old, whose heart stopped beating for 78 minutes when he suffered a cardiac arrest against Tottenham in March, was given strong support by his former boss following the shocking incident.

But after a series of poor performances during the Trotters fight to return to the Premier League chairman Phil Gartside axed the ex-Burnley boss, and Muamba was understanding of the decision.

“Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that,” Muamba said at the Leaders in Football conference at Chelsea.

“If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to standard.

“I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted – we need to get promoted.

“In football you make changes and sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.”

Coyle was backed by his chairman in May after his team were relegated out of the top flight, but with only three wins in ten it was time for change.

“Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well,” Muamba added. “If you don’t, you get out the team.

“For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.

“I can understand exactly where the club came from, but at the end of the day he did a great job for the club and I am grateful to him.”

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