Chelsea boss AVB admits being close to Bolton rival Coyle: We are always in touch

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking forward to their clash with Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking forward to their clash with Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers.

AVB has remained in close contact with Coyle since they took their coaching badges together in Scotland and is full of admiration for the Bolton boss.

He said: "We're always exchanging ideas. He put me under a lot of pressure to let him have Daniel Sturridge back on loan this season. There must have been 20 or 30 messages but I told him 'definitely not'.

"I'm sure he'll try again in January. But there is no chance.

"Things are not going for Bolton as Owen would want this season, that's for sure. But he's a demanding, driven and focused person and Bolton will come out of this soon.

"Bad phases can happen to anyone in football. But one or two wins and Bolton will soon be moving back up the table."

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