Coyle: AVB will be a Blues hit

Although he enjoyed a stellar campaign with Porto last year, when

he guided them to an easy league triumph and a notable Europa

League success, Villas Boas remains a largely unknown figure to

most Premier League fans. However, it is a measure of how long the

33-year-old has been preparing for a coaching career that he took

his pro-licence course at the same time as Coyle, who will

celebrate his 45th birthday later this month. And the Scot saw

enough back then to know Villas-Boas was destined for the very top.

“Villas-Boas is a tremendous addition to the Premier League,” said

Coyle. “I know him well. I did my pro-licence with him and really

took to him. “He is a fantastic manager, who has achieved such a

lot at such a young age. “He has so many attributes. He will be a

great fit with Chelsea. “There is no doubt he will be a huge

success.” It was a busy day at Bolton on Monday, as Coyle unveiled

new signing Darren Pratley and handed long-serving defender Ricardo

Gardner a new one-year contract. However, the former Burnley boss

insisted there was no news on Gary Cahill, even though it is

accepted by most Bolton fans that the England defender will be

leaving the Reebok Stadium before the season begins next month. “If

someone comes in with the right deal for Gary and the club, he

would go with our blessing,” said the Trotters chief. “He wants to

play Champions League football and there has been unbelievable

speculation regarding him. “There have been elite clubs who have

noted their interest. It is up to them to take that forward. “They

need to make a concrete bid so the club can look at it, otherwise

there is nothing to talk about. That is the frustrating bit. “We

don’t want to lose him. Until such time as we have an offer to

consider, we must focus on Bolton.”