Darren Moore says Leicester loanee Harvey Barnes has the support of all at West Brom in the wake of the King Power stadium tragedy.
The football world remains in mourning after Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash after the Foxes hosted West Ham last weekend.
Barnes, who grew up in Leicester and joined the club as a nine-year-old, visited the shrine of tributes outside the stadium during the players’ day off on Wednesday.
He also spoke on Twitter of his anguish following the terrible accident, which claimed the lives of four other people.
“Devastating news,” he said.
“You will always be remembered for everything you did and the opportunities you gave to the club, the players and the city. A truly great man.”
Moore said Barnes, who joined West Brom on a season-long loan from Leicester over the summer, had clearly been rocked by the incident, but appeared to be coping.
“Our thoughts, minds and hearts go out to the families,” Moore said.
“For us at West Brom we’ll co-operate in any way possible with regards to Harvey being their player.
“We’ve had a chat, myself and Harvey, about the situation.
“My door’s always open if he wants to talk. The staff, we have a close bond here so it’s not just me he can speak to. The players and the support staff.
“We support Harvey in this, but he seems fine.”
Arrangements are being made to fly Leicester staff and players out to the chairman’s funeral in his native Thailand.
Seven days of memorials begin today at a temple in Bangkok followed by recitation ceremonies.
It’s thought Albion would be happy to release Barnes on compassionate grounds, but there has been no official approach or request from Leicester.
Moore contacted Jon Rudkin, Leicester’s director of football, to pass on his sincere condolences.
West Brom and Hull players are set to wear black armbands at the KC Stadium today as a mark of respect which will be reciprocated at matches throughout the country.
“Anything we can do to help Leicester in this tragic situation we’ll do our best,” Moore said.
“It’s touched the whole world, not just the world of football.
“We’ve seen the fabulous tributes to what a special man he was and what he’s brought to Leicester football club as a whole.
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“With Leicester winning the Premier League, it’s been absolutely fantastic.
“When we went out to China last year for the Premier League Asia Trophy, the response they got was incredible in terms of that success.
“He’s played a huge part in that.
“He allowed people to dream, but dream big.
“That will forever live long for Leicester City, but also the whole footballing world.”
Source : BirminghamMail