Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Coyle: No concern over Cahill

Gary Cahill

Bolton manager Owen Coyle denied there had been a hitch in Gary Cahill's proposed move to Chelsea after the defender played possibly his last game for the Trotters in a 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Coyle revealed on Friday a fee had been agreed for the England international but his Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas then described the two parties as being "miles apart" in their negotiations.

Coyle said: "I heard what Andre Villas-Boas said the other day that they were a bit apart. He's obviously heard from the one meeting. They've only had one meeting with Gary's representative and then, with the games coming up, I had to make sure Gary was focused. Gary hasn't spoken to Chelsea yet."

He added: "It's like anything else, if I got into a meeting with you, we're not going to shake hands after two seconds and agree, you're going to be apart, that's how negotiations work.

"Whatever comes in the next few days, it'll come, but if it doesn't then Gary remains a Bolton player."

Coyle also said he had had no doubts about playing Cahill on Saturday, adding: "I know his character, he was focused, I thought his performance was terrific. I knew mentally he'd be fine."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, who confirmed the club have signed Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan until the end of the season, was furious with his side's first-half performance and told them so at the break.

He said: "At half-time I wondered if we'd turned up. We were hopeless in the first half, yet the defining moment was a fingertip save from their goalkeeper. We played well second half, and we needed to.

"It's very, very rare that one of my teams deserves a volley for not getting in people's faces and closing down and tackling, but today we did. I thought we were being bullied for 45 minutes. I'm very happy with a point. It's two teams struggling to win games."

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