John Terry & Roman Abramovich – Who’s In Charge?

It’s fairly safe to assume that John Terry has been operating under the assumption that his place at Chelsea was a job for life. There has been talk of him requesting a managing role at the club when he retires and his recent behaviour with regard to telling the club which players he thinks they should sign has been another indicator of a footballer that doesn’t particularly see his role as being, well, a footballer. It was reported when both Avram Grant and Felipe Scolari quit the club that player power had got out of control, and Claude Makelele’s autobiography, released earlier this year, claimed that Terry had been the major factor behind Jose Mourinho’s removal from Stamford Bridge. Somehow, though, the managers were blamed for this rather than the players themselves, although it all seemed to calm down a little bit when Guus Hiddink took over. Maybe, as a personal friend of Roman Abramovich, he had a quiet word with the owner before he left to return to Russia, but it certainly seems as if a tipping point has been reached. At the start of the summer – and with a lack of self-awareness that is almost endearing – Terry gave a list of the players that he feels that Chelsea should sign (one would like to think on a sheet of paper headed “From The Mind On...

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