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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blue's stars did not stab AVB's back

Chelsea players did NOT stab Andre Villas-Boas in the back, insists Blues legend Ray Wilkins.

Villas-Boas was yesterday axed as boss — with rumours a dressing-room revolt helped see the rookie off.

The Portuguese had a rocky relationship with big names at the club and had rowed with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

But Wilkins, who was No2 at Stamford Bridge to Carlo Ancelotti, said: "I found the players an absolute delight to work with.

"They are a very nice bunch of guys, they are a hard-working bunch and, coupled with that, they are an extremely talented bunch. We didn't have a problem.

"I don't think the players swayed the owner. It appears they are looking for change at Chelsea and I just feel they went about it too quickly with AVB.

"To change what has been such a force — not only in the Premier League but in European football — overnight, you just can't do that.

"It takes a gradual adjustment. Chelsea have gone hammer and tongs at it and they should have taken their time in switching over."

Jose Mourinho is being linked with a sensational summer return to the club as he heads for the Real Madrid exit.

And Wilkins reckons the Special One is the only man for the job.

He added: "I would say Mourinho because I think Mourinho will leave Real Madrid.

"I think he will win La Liga comfortably and he will think his job's done there. He's still in the Champions League, he's got a chance of winning that.

"He's got a wonderful squad of players there but I think he will leave. He, for me, would be the perfect option."

Roberto Di Matteo is in temporary charge at Stamford Bridge. And former Chelsea star Eddie Newton has joined his coaching staff until the end of the season.



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