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'I turn off the telly when he's on' - John Giles takes aim at Robbie Savage too

Published 05/11/2015 | 20:31

John Giles is not a fan of Robbie Savage
John Giles is not a fan of Robbie Savage

It's clear that John Terry is not the only one who is unimpressed with Robbie Savage's punditry

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Chelsea skipper John Terry was asked for his response to recent criticism from media pundits, including the former Wales international, which focused on his poor performances this season.

Terry claimed he was unaffected by the criticism, especially not Savage.

"I've come in for criticism from certain players and individuals. players I've looked up to and played alongside. I've taken that on the chin: Rio, Carra, Neville, the very best I've come up against in the game," he said

"I take that on the chin. When others speak, maybe I don't take it on he chin. When players have not had a career, played at a really bad level in their career ... Robbie Savage being one.

"He's dug me out a couple of times. You take it as a footballer, as an individual. I'll take it from the Rios, Carraghers and Neville. All day long. From others? No."

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk this evening, Ireland and Leeds United legend John Giles echoed the sentiments of Terry.

"I switch him off when he's on the telly," he said.

"He was always controversial and always went out of his way to get the headlines and when nothing was happening he'd kick somebody and get sent off.

"He didn't get the headlines for the right reasons, for playing brilliant football, and I just wouldn't listen to him.

"I don't think Terry was joking about it at all and I think he was quite right.

"The best thing to do is ignore him but it's very difficult when you have someone like him spouting out when he didn't do it himself in any way whatsoever.

"For the likes of John Terry, who has  been a real top class player who has won many trophies... he's actually been a great player for Chelsea.

"When they're having a bid time and the likes of Savage comes along and he's criticising... it's very hard to take.

"The ideal thing to do would be to completely ignore him.

"Robbie Savage would love to see his name mentioned, even with that criticism."

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