Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Champions League Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev: Jose Mourinho can count on our support insists captain John Terry

By Matt McGeehan

John Terry has come out fighting in support of Jose Mourinho and refused to contemplate the embattled Chelsea manager being sacked.

Mourinho is under pressure from all angles - not least to retain his job amid a miserable run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions - and declined to reveal if he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich this week, merely pointing to the length of his contract.

The Portuguese has an ally in captain Terry, who insisted Mourinho has the players' support contrary to rumours of unrest and despite disciplinary disputes with the Football Association and being the subject of a personal legal claim from former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro.

"I can assure you now that the players are 100 per cent behind the manager," said Terry, who was speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League Group G clash with Dynamo Kiev.

Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence in Abramovich's 12-year ownership on October 5, but Chelsea have one win in five matches since, against free-falling Aston Villa.

The club's position has not changed, but the date with Dynamo and Saturday's Premier League fixture at Stoke could determine Mourinho's future.

Asked how he and the players would feel if Mourinho did leave, Terry said: "It's not going to come to that. The club have shown faith in the best manager in the history of this club.

"It's not what ifs. I'm adamant we're going to turn this around and he will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I've finished playing.

"For me he's the right man to take this club forward."

Last Saturday's 3-1 loss to Liverpool was Chelsea's sixth in 11 Premier League games, leaving the reigning champions in 15th.

Asked how much time he has left as boss, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season, said: "Four years. In this case, three years and seven months.

"I said (after winning the 2004 Champions League with Porto) that one day in my career bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I'm facing now as European champion.

"It took time, but it has come in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it."

Mourinho insisted his confidence had not been impacted by the run of results and he would remain steadfast to his methods, which the players had not questioned.

"It's new for me. That's why I am a good one (manager). If I was a bad one it would come before (now)," Mourinho said.

Terry said the players were culpable.

"He's under pressure because of the way we're performing," the defender said. "We know we need to be better, for this club and for him."

Mourinho often shoulders the burden on himself, deflecting attention from his players, Terry says.

The Blues boss added: "For my players I do everything. I always did and I am not going to change."

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph