Coyle thanks football family
Owen Coyle has spoken on behalf of Fabrice Muamba's family and thanked all of those who continue to send messages of support.
Last Updated: 20/03/12 4:52pm
Owen Coyle has spoken on behalf of Fabrice Muamba's family and thanked all of those who continue to send messages of support to the 23-year-old in is 'brave fight'.
Muamba remains critically ill in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after being rushed to the heart attack centre after collapsing during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham.
Trotters boss Coyle addressed the media on Monday to offer his thanks to all of those who have sent well wishes and admits to having been humbled by the reaction of the football family and the wider global community to the events of Saturday evening.
Speaking on behalf of Muamba's family, he said: "They are so thankful and they want to put that on record. They have been inundated, as we all have, from the football community globally, family and friends. People have taken a genuine interest and shown a real concern for Fabrice. We hope that will help in this brave fight that he is undergoing at the moment.
"The Premier League, the FA, the PFA, the LMA, the support from within the game has been fantastic. We saw the pictures from last night at Real Madrid.
"It's great to be talented in whatever vocation you undertake, be that football or otherwise, but we all know that it is more important that you are a genuinely nice person and a humble person, which Fabrice is. Players move to different clubs all over the world and they understand Fabrice as man.
"The support from every manager in the Premier League, throughout the Football League and from my time in Scotland - everyone has been passing on their well wishes and it's so humbling to have that level of support."
Coyle added: "What we are as a football club at Bolton Wanderers is, we have always stressed it, is that we are a family club and Fabrice is a huge part of that family, that goes without saying.
"We are fortunate as a club to have received support from clubs all around the world. When you see the stars of Real Madrid showing their shirts and (Chelsea defender) Gary Cahill yesterday, who was a team-mate and was doing it as a friend of Fabrice's, and David Beckham has sent messages from across the Atlantic. That shows the opinion people have of Fabrice as a man, not as a footballer but as a person. That for me is so humbling to see."
Coyle was reluctant to discuss Muamba's condition, but continues to cling to the hope that the former England U21 international will make a full recovery.
He added: "When you look through what he has come through in his life already, he's a natural fighter. He's a physically fit young man and if those two things can help at all, that would be a source of help and encouragement.
"We have to place on record our thanks to the hospital and how hard they have worked and the level they have worked. Their skill is incredible and how quick everyone reacted to the situation, we hope that will help as well. Today is a day that we wait and we hope for continued improvement. We are all after the same objective."