Players won't force Jose Mourinho out, insists John Terry
Blues skipper won't take criticism from Robbie Savage
Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30
Player rebellions are not uncharted ground for Chelsea captain John Terry, who has witnessed dressing-rooms turn on their managers at club and international level.
So it was fitting that, ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev, it was Terry who addressed the whispering campaign that has undermined Jose Mourinho's efforts to save his job and cast suspicion over the entire Chelsea squad.
Terry is the man, who, in 2010, suggested it was time for the England players to start speaking their mind as the World Cup campaign unravelled under Fabio Capello.
He was also captain of the Chelsea teams who turned against Luiz Felipe Scolari and never took to Andre Villas-Boas.
But Terry is adamant he and his current team-mates are not about to see off another manager.
In fact, the 34-year-old claims Mourinho will still be at Stamford Bridge long after him and will survive longer than any player who would prefer to lose than win for the Portuguese, as was reported by a radio station last weekend.
Asked if the players could cost Mourinho, the most successful manager in Chelsea's history, his job, Terry replied: "It's not going to come to that.
"The club have shown faith in the best manager with the best history at this club. In all aspects, of all the managers I've worked with, he's by far and a long, long way, the best.
"We are going to turn it around. No ifs, no buts. I'm sure that we'll turn this around and he'll be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I've finished playing for this club. He is the man to take this club forward to where we want to be."
Cesc Fabregas felt compelled publicly to deny internet claims he was leading a revolt against Mourinho, while Eden Hazard has also found his relationship with the 52-year-old put under scrutiny.
"What we've seen in the last two or three days, ridiculous stories about what's happening within the club and the dressing-room, I can assure you the players are 100pc behind the manager," said Terry.
"We are together. Anyone who has been to the last three or four games can see the way we're playing is turning. We weren't good enough at the beginning of the season, but things are on the turn and we've been unlucky not to get one or two results.
"We will turn things around. Together is the most important thing: that we stay together in the dressing-room.
"We've heard all this about Jose and Eden. For me, we're talking about the best manager I've seen in a long time at this club and Eden being one of the best players I've seen at this club. There's been talk of them leaving the club and going elsewhere, but they have to be in the Premier League.
"We have to keep the best people in English football, making it the best football in the world. The only way we do that is with the best manager, Jose. And Eden is by far and away one of the best players I've worked with."
Asked specifically how he would react if he found out a player had said they would rather lose than win for Mourinho, Terry added: "In my whole football career, I've never heard a player come out with those words.
"The player wouldn't be let out of the dressing-room, let's be honest. It wouldn't go down too well, would it?"
Mourinho has faced accusations from former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, among others, that a sense of paranoia and an 'us against the world' mentality have harmed Chelsea and will not be shared by his players.
Since his return to the club in 2013, Mourinho has been fined £141,000 by the English Football Association and is facing a stadium ban for the a pivotal game against Stoke on Saturday.
Terry claims Chelsea would like to be "loved", but referees and the media must be willing to allow managers and players to speak their mind.
He also stressed that he was happy to listen to the opinions of the likes of Carragher, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand, but would not stand being lectured to by former Leicester and Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage.
"We want grown-up men conversations with the referees. With the manager, he has to put his face in front of the TV and that passion does come out," he said.
"I've come under criticism, individually, 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.
"When others speak, maybe I don't take it on the 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. I'll take it from the Rios, Carraghers and Neville all day long. From others? Nah." (Daily Telegraph, London)
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