Terry dimisses allegation of forcing Mourinho out
John Terry has dismissed claims by his former Chelsea team-mate Claude Makelele that he was responsible for Jose Mourinho being fired back in September 2007.
Makelele alleges that Mourinho and Terry clashed when the England captain was unhappy about his lack of game time while recovering form injury. "I thought Mourinho was practically untouchable, but a lot of players had complained about him, notably John Terry," Makelele wrote.
The French midfielder continued: "When John Terry let his discontent be known to [chief executive Peter] Kenyon and asked him for an immediate transfer, (owner Roman) Abramovich reacted immediately: the departure of Terry was totally unimaginable, from the point of view of the supporters, the players or the club owners. Mourinho was packing his bags."
Chelsea, however, have refuted the claims in an official statement: "This is not a true version of events with regards to the transfer request as there wasn't one. Nor was the captain responsible for the departure of Jose Mourinho, which was mutually agreed between Jose and the club."
Terry's lawyer has also released a statement regarding the matter: "It has been claimed that John was in some way involved with the removal of Jose Mourinho as manager. This is categorically untrue and there is no foundation in this allegation."