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Coyle gets manager award

Bolton's Owen Coyle has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for March after guiding the club to a string of victories amid the turmoil of Fabrice Muamba health scare.

Muamba continues to make an encouraging recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham on March 17, and in his absence Bolton have posted successive Premier League wins against Blackburn (2-1) and Wolves (3-2) to boost their bid to avoid relegation.

Coyle, who receives the award for a second time, also led Bolton to a 2-1 victory against fellow strugglers QPR on March 10. Bolton's only other league fixture last month ended in 2-0 defeat at title-chasing Manchester City.

A scheduled league match against Aston Villa on March 20 was postponed following Muamba's collapse.

Meanwhile, Swansea's on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month.

The 22-year-old Iceland international has been a revelation since arriving at the Liberty Stadium on loan from German side Hoffenheim in January, scoring six goals in 10 appearances, and becomes the first Swansea player to receive the accolade.

Sigurdsson scored both goals in Swansea's 2-0 win at Wigan early on March 3, bagged a brace in the 3-0 victory at Fulham a fortnight later, and was also part of the team that earned an impressive 1-0 win at home to Manchester City.

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