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Coyle confident Muamba will bounce back

16 August 2012

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Fabrice Muamba will make a success of whatever he turns his attentions towards following the premature end of his football career.

The 24-year-old former England Under-21 international, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup match at Tottenham in March, called time on his playing days on Wednesday following advice from cardiologist Dr Pedro Brugada. Coyle is confident the future should holds no fears for the popular multi-linguist with accountancy qualifications.

He said: "I think Fabrice, with his family, has to absorb everything that's happened. That'll take a bit of time. And then, having done that, decide what his career path will be. Whatever that will be I've no doubt he'll be very successful because I know how driven he is having come through what he has already to this day."

Should his path include a return to football in some capacity, Coyle insists Bolton will be there to support Muamba.

The Scot added: "He's a very intelligent and clever lad, fluent in three or four different languages. I've said to him, if he needs any help here at the football club to come in, and if he wants to see about the coaching side of things we're only too willing and happy to help.

"He knows we'll always be here at Bolton Wanderers to help him in any way we can."

This weekend, Coyle's attentions will turn towards the npower Championship, as Bolton hope to achieve an instant return to the top flight following a relegation in May that still grates with their manager.

The 46-year-old maintains his side were on the wrong end of decisions that led to both Stoke goals in the 2-2 final-day draw at the Britannia Stadium that sealed their fate.

He said: "There's no doubt that we were all hurt and disappointed by what happened and how it transpired - even the decisions on the final day that were absolutely horrendous, as we all know.

"It happened and what we have to make sure is that we're ready to bounce back at the first attempt."


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