Terry backs Hughes or Hiddink to manage Chelsea
John Terry hopes Chelsea opens talks with Mark Hughes about
replacing Carlo Ancelotti as manager, although the club captain
would also welcome back Guus Hiddink.
Ancelotti was fired last month after his second season at
Stamford Bridge ended without a trophy, leaving the club searching
for the seventh manager of Roman Abramovich’s eight-year reign.
The Blues would not have to pay compensation to hire Hughes
after their former striker resigned as manager of west London rival
Fulham on Thursday after a season in charge with his contract about
The 47-year-old Welshman, who played for Chelsea between 1995
and 1998, has also managed his national team, Blackburn and
Terry said that Hughes has proved his quality as a manager and
is ready to take the Chelsea job.
”He’s someone that hopefully the club will be talking to,”
Terry said Friday while on England duty. ”If it’s him he will be
welcomed by the players … 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.”
But Terry has also been in contact with Hiddink, who has
remained as a Chelsea adviser since winning the FA Cup in 2009
while caretaker manager – a role he combined with coaching Russia
after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s sudden departure.
The 64-year-old Dutchman is currently employed by Turkey and
remained tightlipped about the Chelsea job as he prepared for a
European Championship qualifier on Friday night against
”We had a great time under Guus, he would be welcomed back,”
Terry said. ”He came in for a short space of time and we won the
FA Cup under him. I have great memories of him, 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.
”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
Terry has managerial ambitions of his own one day.
”I’m doing my coaching badges at the moment but that is a long,
long way away,” the 30-year-old center back said. ”I feel I’ve
got an awful lot of games left in me. I’ve got three years left on
my Chelsea contract and am looking to stay at the very top for as
long as possible.”
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