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Fulham boss Chris Coleman has accused Blackburn Rovers of unsettling Fulham striker Andrew Cole.

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has confirmed he is trying to take Cole back to Ewood Park, just 12 months after he left for Fulham.

Hughes played alongside Cole at Manchester United and he is hoping to add the experienced forward to his squad for next season.

Rovers chief executive John Williams has also declared a desire to strike a deal to prise Cole away from Craven Cottage.

But the situation has angered Fulham manager Coleman, who feels Cole has been unsettled by the rumours.

Coleman has also urged Blackburn to make a bid for the 33-year-old, otherwise they should refrain from commenting on the ex-England international.

“I’ve been very disappointed in Blackburn,” admitted Coleman. “Their chief executive John Williams said on Sky he was interested in signing Andy Cole which I thought was way off the mark.

“All he’s done is unsettle one of our players, our top scorer from last season.

“I wouldn’t let one of our directors say that on TV because it’s unsettling and we have not had any contact from Blackburn.

“I just wish they’d shut up and let him get on with his career and playing with Fulham.

“If they want to put in a bid then we can’t stop them but they shouldn’t talk about it like that.”