Chelsea FC captain John Terry brushed off claims that a mutiny in the dressing room led to Jos Mourinho’s exit, but the Englishman has backed Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink, whose appointment was confirmed on Saturday.
Guus Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge for his second interim spell at the club, as Chelsea FC released the official statement of his appointment 90 minutes before the match against Sunderland. The Dutchman was at Stamford Bridge last night with Didier Drogba and Roman Abramovich, as Chelsea won 3-1.
No unrest in dressing room
After Chelsea’s victory over Sunderland, skipper John Terry dismissed rumours that players ganged up against Mourinho and performed badly to hasten the Portuguese’s departure.
“We are aware there have been rumours about player power at the club but I want to make clear that is not the case,” Terry wrote in his column in a matchday programme.
“Believe me when I saw that all of us go out to win every game and we players have to look at our performances and take responsibility for where Chelsea sit in the table right now.”
Hiddink can turn the table
Although Terry said he was “disappointed” with Mourinho’s sacking, the 35-year old has expressed admiration for the new manager.
“Guus Hiddink’s training is very intense. He is a great man manager as well. Credit to all the players. Our thoughts are with the manager, because we are disappointed, it falls on his head unfortunately.
“We needed to win and we’ve done that. Second half was not as good but we are delighted with the three points.”
Hiddink was interim manager at Chelsea in 2009, and Chelsea lost just one out of the 24 games played under the former Holland manager. Chelsea’s squad has changed since his first spell with the Blues, but Abramovich will know Hiddink is the man who could save Chelsea’s season.
His first game in charge will be at home against Watford on 26th December.