Belfast Telegraph

Award is for whole club - Coyle

Bolton boss Owen Coyle feels his Barclays Premier League manager of the month award reflects the achievement of the club as a whole over a testing few weeks.

Wanderers have claimed three straight league victories - all against fellow strugglers in QPR, Blackburn and Wolves - and the last two of those came after the traumatic experience of midfielder Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest in the abandoned FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on March 17.

"The award is lovely but really it is for the football club," Coyle said. "As much as they call it manager of the month, it is very much a collective effort at our football club. The players, staff and fans have been incredible, so on behalf of everybody I'd say we are delighted to pick it up."

He added: "We would certainly love to have April's as well, because if we get that we'll know we have secured ourselves in the Premier League, so that is what we must strive to do in the coming month."

Muamba's remarkable recovery continues, with Coyle confirming the player has been walking around in hospital.

Meanwhile, Coyle also had news on Muamba's fellow midfielders Stuart Holden and Lee Chung-yong, who have both been long-term absentees this season.

Holden (knee) is back in England after spending some of his rehabilitation time in his native United States, but Coyle stressed the 26-year-old is not expected to make a return to action until next season.

However, the Scot is optimistic that Lee, working his way back to fitness after breaking his leg last summer, may yet feature before the end of the season.


From Belfast Telegraph