Forgive me for keeping my cynical head on while I am writing this, but I can’t say I am shocked by John Terry’s startling revelation that he things the Blues players should be blamed for the sacking for Andre Villas-Boas.
That is the headline taken from his quotes anyway, though he is hardly gushing in his praise about the 34-year-old Portuguese, who was fired after just eight months in the job.
But Terry has hardly going to lift the lid on the internal politics that hamper each man perched uncomfortable in the Stamford Bridge manager’s chair.
It is quite apparent even on the outside that Terry and his merry band of senior players have an unhealthy influence on proceedings in West London.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has backed up those claims, saying that “some of the English players at Chelsea run the club, pretty much.”
There does appear this time though to be a realisation at the Bridge that this hiring and firing of managers on a whim of Terry and his cronies is damaging the club’s reputation and hampering their premier league odds (the rest of us all knew this, it’s taken them a while to catch up).
There at least appeared to be some remorse from the former England skipper when asked about the ruthless treatment of his old boss.
“It’s sad for André because, unfortunately, it falls on his head when I think the players will hold their hands up and say clearly: ‘We’ve not been good enough and we have all made mistakes together.”
Whether this will lead to a change of tact from both the dressing room and board room we cannot be sure. After all they have now got rid of every single type of manager going. If they keep on chopping and changing it does not matter how much Abramovich wants in , I wouldn’t bet on the Champions League arriving at the Bridge any time soon.
But the one thing in any manager’s favour is the ravages of time – the influential Terry, Lampard et al – as much as they must loathe to admit it – are losing their lustre as age creeps up on them. Therefore it will soon become easier for any new boss to drop them and replace with fresh blood – if given the time by Abramovich.
The big questions is, if a World Cup winner or double Champions League winner is not good enough for the Russian, then who is?