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Bolton boss Coyle reveals he's spoken with Villas-Boas since Chelsea sacking

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has revealed he spoke with Andre Villas-Boas hours after his sacking by Chelsea.

Whilst he might have had difficulties getting a number of the Blues' senior stars to buy into his ideas, Coyle feels Villas-Boas would have eventually proved Roman Abramovich had been correct to hire him in the first place.

"I spoke to Andre briefly on Sunday after the news had broken," said the Bolton boss.

"I won't say he was shocked because he has worked at Chelsea before and knows how it works. But he was disappointed.

"I have no doubt if he was given the time to see it through, Chelsea would have reaped the rewards and been stronger for many years to come.

"The job he did at Porto was there for everyone to see. But people don't realise what he did at Academica.

"He took a huge risk leaving Inter Milan for a club that was bottom of the league. But he had belief in his own abilities, saved them from relegation and went to the semi-finals of the cup.

"That was an unbelievable achievement for a young man.

"Chelsea are looking for trophies, who is to say they wouldn't have won one if they had persevered with him?"

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