John Terry has revealed players would have “shouting arguments” in the Chelsea dressing room but insisted player power was not an issue for any manager at the club.
Terry made 717 appearances at Stamford Bridge during his 19-year career with the Blues and was one of the club’s most prominent figures.
There have been previous suggestions that at one point the defender even ran the show and was too involved in club and management decisions.
It has been suggested that Avram Grant, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas and even Jose Mourinho were allegedly sacked over player power in his second stint at the club.
But Terry insists such rumors are untrue, claiming the players respected who was on the touchlines at the time.
“No, definitely completely wrong when it comes to the players being in charge and making decisions,” he told Stadium Astro.
“The reason we had so much success during my time at Chelsea was because we always had one man in charge and that was the manager.
“We had such a strong group of players to support this process. If we could help that manager, whether it be talking to him or discussing things with him or helping the process of many things before it even reaches him and nip things in the bud.
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“There were things in training that Mourinho never had to do because the players didn’t accept it.
“If anyone hasn’t reached the level or standards that we as Chelsea Football Club have demanded, it’s me, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech [would tell them].
“If people didn’t keep staying at that level 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 went to the dressing room and there were shouting arguments, we hit each other.
“The manager came in and said, ‘You did my job for me,’ and then he was able to focus on the tactical side.
“Those are the little bits that we knew brought out the best in us and that worked for us back then.
“I’m not saying it would work now or in 10 years, but it has worked for us.
“These stories about us being in charge are completely false, but we had a large group.”
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Terry received various honors and helped his side win five Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and numerous domestic cups.
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https://talksport.com/football/1079494/john-terry-chelsea-dressing-room-arguments-managers/ “There would be shouting, we’d be beating each other,” says John Terry, who bemoans damage managers losing their jobs to player power