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Wednesday 04 April 2012

Coyle and Sigurdsson win Barclays awards

Bolton boss and Swansea midfielder recognised for impressive March performances

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Swansea win three out of four matches in March

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has been named as the Barclays Manager of the Month for March.

The Trotters had an impressive month, winning three out of four matches with all the victories coming against their relegation rivals.

The wins have helped the club move out of the drop zone with only seven matches of the Barclays Premier League season remaining.

Coyle, who also received the honour with Bolton in November 2010, has been the figurehead as the club dealt with the serious incident involving midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who is recovering after suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup tie against Tottenham.

"We have moved in the right direction and we have to keep it going in the remaining weeks of the season"
- Owen Coyle

"I am delighted to receive the award on behalf of everyone at the football club," Coyle told the club's official website.

"As much as it is called the 'Manager of the Month' it is very much a collective effort and reflects how hard everybody has worked, particularly to win the last three games.

"We have moved in the right direction and we have to keep it going in the remaining weeks of the season.

"One thing that we would like to do is win the award again for April because it would mean that we are continuing the progress at the football club.

"We have given ourselves a platform and now have an opportunity to go and win the matches and points that will see us remain in the Barclays Premier League."

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, meanwhile, has been rewarded for his fine form by being named as the Barclays Player of the Month for March.

The 22-year-old, currently on loan at Swansea from Hoffenheim, scored four goals with doubles against Wigan Athletic and Fulham as his side recorded three wins out of four.

Sigurdsson is first Swansea player to receive the accolade.

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Key Points

  • Bolton boss Owen Coyle wins Barclays Manager of the Month for March
  • Wanderers won three out of four matches
  • Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson wins Player of the Month after scoring four goals