Wigan boss says AVB was right man for Chelsea

Wigan Athletic v Chelsea: Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez greets Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas

Wigan Athletic v Chelsea: Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez greets Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas

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ROBERTO Martinez believes Andre Villas-Boas would have proved to be the right man for Chelsea – had he been given enough time.

Villas-Boas, who replaced Martinez as the Premier League’s youngest manager last summer, was sacked at the weekend after just nine months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the Blues still being in the Champions League, the FA Cup and only three points off the top four, Villas-Boas was handed his cards after the 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

Player power has been blamed in many quarters for the failure of the coach to get his ideas across, and Martinez believes Roman Abramovich was far too hasty in dismissing a man for whom he paid Porto over £13million in compensation to hire.

“You get transitional periods at every club and now, more than ever, is one of those times at Chelsea,” Martinez told the Evening Post. “At this moment of the season, heading into the final third, it’s the time where all of the teams are looking to achieve their aims.

“It’s disappointing what’s happened because Andre brought an entirely different approach – and when you do that you need time to make it work.

“He didn’t get that which is unfortunate, because he showed at Porto what a good manager he is and I’m sure he’ll take this experience to become an even stronger manager.”

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (THURSDAY) ...