Terry: I’m fully behind AVB

Villas-Boas, 34, arrived in west London this summer with a

reputation as the best young manager in the world but he has

already written off his team’s title chances after an erratic first

half of the season left the Blues eight points off the top of the

table having played at least one more game than each of their

rivals. There have been reports that the senior players at Chelsea

have become unhappy with the manager’s tactics, and both Nicolas

Anelka and Alex demanded transfers. Rumours of acrimony between

Terry and Villas-Boas were fuelled on Monday when the Blues skipper

appeared reluctant to celebrate with Villas-Boas and the rest of

the team following Ramires’ opener at Molineux, where they beat

Wolves 2-1 to move into fourth position. Terry denies he snubbed

the chance to join in the show of unity, however, and insists he

has no problem with his manager. “I want to make it clear I’m 100%

behind the manager,” Terry told the London Evening Standard on

Tuesday. “There are no problems behind the scenes “The manager has

made it clear the players who want to stay here will be here and

the ones who don’t can move on. I have seen on the news today that

people are saying I didn’t celebrate with the manager for the first

goal against Wolves but I did. “I ran over there and I was worried

that Wolves were about to restart and take the kick-off and catch

us on the break while we were celebrating. I had a quick

celebration with him then after the game as well.” Terry thinks

rumours of dressing room unrest have come as a result of the poor

run of form which has seen Chelsea win just once in their last five

Barclays Premier League games. “From a results point of view we

have been giving people an opportunity to write stuff. People tend

to look at it a lot deeper than it is,” he added. “At the same time

we need to be winning a lot more which I’m confident we will do.

First and foremost, the club is a lot bigger than any of us and

will come before any of us from now into the future. “He has come

in and changed a lot of things at the football club, not only on

the football pitch but on the training ground as well. “The one

thing when he spoke to the players about Nico and Alex is that they

had spoken to other clubs and going forward he said that he doesn’t

want players involved in the first team who are out there speaking

to other clubs because they weren’t thinking of Chelsea first and

foremost. “Roman [Abramovich] is fully behind him, the club as

well, and he is making these changes, not for the short term but

for the long term as well. He is going to be the man in charge and

we all have to respect his decisions. He has been very up front

with all of us so we can’t argue with what he’s done.”