Terry insists Chelsea players do not run the club

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 has reported.

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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