Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been reacting to the news that the Trotters have sacked Owen Coyle, the manager under whom the former England youth international flourished at the club.
Coyle parted ways on Tuesday with the English second tier side that has had a difficult time in the Championship since relegation from the Barclays Premier League after managing just eleven points out of a possible 30.
Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Muamba admitted that the news had left him devastated particularly because he thought a number of players at the club have not been playing like they should but he kept the hope that the new manager will be able to deliver promotion.
- Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that.
-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 the standards we thought with the players we've got in the team. 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 because 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 reacts, he said at the conference.
Muamba was forced into early retirement after suffering a cardiac arrest when playing for Bolton in March in an FA Cup clash with Tottenham. Coyle was outstanding in the way he supported the youngster at the time.