Fabrice Muamba admits he was saddened to learn of Owen Coyle's dismissal but believes it was needed to hoist the club back into the Premier League.
The 24-year-old, forced to retire recently after a cardiac arrest in March, told Sky Sports: "I was devastated to hear he was going but I'm sure the club will bring in somebody to get the club promoted.
"We need to get promoted. If you look at the start of the season the guys have not been playing well.
"It hasn't been up to the standard you expect with the players we've got.
"Football is a results game. You get paid and if you don't play well then you're out of 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 where the club was coming from."
Coyle, appointed in January 2012, guided the Trotters to the FA Cup semi-finals before suffering relegation last season, ending an 11-year spell in the top flight.
But with just three wins in their 10 opening matches in the Championship this campaign, chairman Phil Gartside said it was time for a change.
Muamba added: "I just want someone to come in and lift the changing room and lift the boys to perform to the standards I know they can play and bring back the good times and discipline to the club."
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