JT: Blues would welcome Hughes

England captain Terry is currently preparing for Saturday’s Euro

2012 qualifier with Switzerland but club matters were on the agenda

when he conducted his series of pre-match press conferences at

Wembley. Terry was sad to see Carlo Ancelotti relieved of his

duties at Chelsea, particularly after the strong support he offered

Terry when stripped of the England captaincy two years ago. But he

also had a strong relationship with Hiddink during his short spell

at Stamford Bridge during the 2008-09 season and also has respect

for former Chelsea striker Hughes. Terry said: “I was very sad to

see Carlo go. He was a great man, a great manager and supported me

a lot over the (England) captaincy. “Having done the double for the

first time in Chelsea’s history, that is something that will live

with the club, live with him and the players forever. “We then

pushed Manchester United so close for the title this season after

being out of the race realistically for three months and before

turning around that form. “I was disappointed to see him go. It’s

out of the players’ hands, it’s a club decision, the manager and

the players respect that. “But we are looking forward to the new

manager coming in and hopefully getting that trophy (the Premier

League title) back.” Hiddink led Chelsea to victory in the 2009 FA

Cup final and Terry is adamant he would have the support of the

dressing room if he returns. He said: “He came in for a short space

of time and we won the FA Cup under him. “I have great memories of

him, he is someone I have been in contact with since he left the

club. “The players completely respected him. He knows the players

inside out as well. He would be welcomed back. “If it is to be him,

then great, or whoever it is, the players will naturally get on

with it and work very hard under the new manager.” Hughes had been

expected to move to Aston Villa although the midlands club insist

his resignation from Fulham was pure coincidence as they still

search for a replacement for Gerard Houllier. But Terry would have

no qualms about the former Wales and Manchester City chief taking

charge at Stamford Bridge. He said: “Mark Hughes would have the

qualities, I think he has shown that for sure, (he is) someone the

club will hopefully be talking to. “I know Mark and his background

staff. The understanding of the club and what it means to the

supporters will come naturally to those guys. “If he is linked in,

it will be welcome to the players.” Terry has often spoken of his

own desire to manage Chelsea but is adamant that is a long way off.

He said: “That is the ultimate aim of course. I’m doing my coaching

badges at the moment. “But that is a long, long way away. I’ll

leave it to the rest of the guys out there at the moment.”