Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander is praying his close friend and former team-mate Clarke Carlisle makes a full recovery after being involved in a serious road accident.
The 35-year-old, who won promotion to the Premier League with Alexander at Burnley, was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary on Monday after being involved in a collision with a lorry in North Yorkshire.
The former Blackpool player’s wife, Gemma Carlisle, thanked the public for the thousands of messages of support which have flooded in on social media sites.
She tweeted yesterday saying: “Clarke’s very poorly but he’s alive and stable.
“Best Christmas gift we as a family could wish for.”
It was a message which helped put Alexander’s mind at rest after an anxious 24 hours,
He said: “I was at work on Monday and my wife texted me that she’d heard some news about Clarke having an accident. We spent the rest of the day trying to find out information.
“I’m close with Clarke, I’ve been mates with him for a good few years, we were room mates for a long time.
“I spoke to him a little while ago and he was in great form.
“I don’t want to badger the family at a time like this.
“But our prayers are with him because he’s a fantastic lad and whatever has happened is horrible.
“But he’s a strong man and I hope he pulls through.”
And all Alexander wants now is to speak to his old pal and former room-mate.
“I can’t wait to speak to him as soon as I can,” said the Fleetwood boss.
“He’s a genuine, great lad.
“I got to know him really well in my time at Burnley and we’ve been friends since.
“This tells you about life – it can happen to anybody, in any walk.”
The Fleetwood manager described Carlisle, who made 93 appearances for Blackpool between 1997 and 2000 as a ‘diamond’ and knows he has the best support from his close family.
He said: “Getting to know him as closely as I have done, he’s an absolute diamond.
“He’s such a loving lad, he’ll give you his last penny.
“He’s got a great family around him and I just wish for everyone that he’s OK.”