CHELSEA legend John Terry has slammed accusations that the players had too much power and influence in the dressing room during his time at the club.
The 41-year-old has commented on claims that certain individuals at Stamford Bridge were dictating what was happening behind-closed-doors.
John Terry has claimed that player power at Chelsea was a myth as he rubbished reports they had too much influenceCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
Terry has insisted that players did scream at each other if standards slipped in the squadCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Those suggestions failed to go away during Terry’s trophy-laden 19-year career in West London before he departed in 2017.
There has even been speculation that player power at Chelsea saw the likes of Avram Grant, Roberto Di Matteo and Andre Villas-Boas be sacked.
And when Jose Mourinho‘s second Blues stint came to a premature end in December 2015, player power was said to have played a part.
But Terry has rubbished those rumours as he declared that he and his former team-mates never wielded that much influence.
Though he did state that he, along with Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, would scream at players if standards slipped in the squad.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: “No, definitely completely untrue in terms of the players being in charge and making decisions.
“The reasons that we had such success in Chelsea at my time, we always had one man in charge and that was the manager. We had such a strong group of players to help that process.
“If we could help that manager, whether it be talking to him or discussing things with him or helping the process of lots of things before it even gets to him and nips stuff in the bud.
“There was stuff in training that Mourinho never had to do because players didn’t accept it.
“If someone wasn’t to the level or the standards that we demanded, as Chelsea Football Club, then me, Ash, Frank, Didier, Pete [would tell them].
“If people didn’t continue to be at those standards, before the manager even had to say anything, we would nip it in the bud and that’s what we big characters in the group would do.
“Even a couple of times, we would go in the dressing room and there would be screaming arguments, we’d be battering each other.
“The manager would come in and go ‘you’ve done my job for me’ and he could concentrate on the tactical side.
“They’re the little bits where that was what we knew, that was what brought the best out in us and that was what worked for us at the time.
“I’m not saying that would work now, or would work in ten years’ time but that is what worked for us.
“Those stories of us being in charge are completely untrue but we did have a big group.”
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