The family of Phil O'Donnell have been "overwhelmed" by the messages of support they have received, the Motherwell manager Mark McGhee revealed Sunday.
The Motherwell captain collapsed and died Saturday near the end of his team's Scottish Premier League game against Dundee United.
"None of us yet can comprehend what has happened," O'Donnell's family said in a statement read out by McGhee.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support and messages from people inside and outside the football world."
McGhee went on to express the state of shock that surrounds the club.
"Everyone, the players, the supporters, every one inside the executive are devastated and absolutely dumbfounded by the event of Phil's death," he said.
"We had a meeting this morning with the players and obviously they have taken it very, very badly and we are going to have to help them through that.
"Obviously from the football club's point of view, we are overwhelmed by the support here and we are going to miss a guy who was a fine man, a guy who was a fantastic example to all of his colleagues.
"He was a man among boys in every sense, in his attitude, his professionalism and integrity and sincerity.
"He was a great, great player to have worked with and I'm honoured to have been his manager."
Motherwell have arranged to postpone their next two fixtures, against Hibernian and Celtic.
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