John Terry has rejected claims Chelsea’s senior players have undue influence at the club, insisting he and his teammates did not get Andre Villas-Boas sacked, the BBC
The Chelsea captain said: “As for the senior players running this football club, that’s nonsense. That’s just the perception from outside. Roman [Abramovich] and the board make the decisions.”
Villas-Boas was sacked in late February after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion. At the time the Portuguese left Stamford Bridge Chelsea were in fifth place in the Premier League table, 20 points off then-leaders Manchester City and three points adrift of Arsenal in fourth, the last Champions League place. Chelsea had also lost 3-1 to Napoli in the Champions League. With Villas-Boas’ assistant Roberto di Matteo in charge Chelsea remain three points behind the Gunners and face Napoli in the return leg on Wednesday.
Terry returned from a knee injury to start in Chelsea’s win over Stoke City on Saturday having missed action since late January. The former England skipper held the Blues to a clean sheet, as a Didier Drogba goal defeated 10-man Stoke City 1-0.
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