Ever since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, his dream was not just for trophies but for the club to be recognised as one of the world’s great teams – but to do that you have to act like a great team, and in the wake of John Terry confirming departure, once again you have to question the mentality of those running the club to allow him to leave.
Now I am not saying that Terry should be playing week-in, week-out for Chelsea – not at all, or that he should even be still playing next season.
But someone like Terry, should be embraced by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and kept within the fold – but that is not going to happen, and it is clearly a re-run of the Frank Lampard situation.
Lampard did not want to leave, he would have stayed and worked something out – but no, he was jettisoned and clearly the same is happening with Terry.
If Terry wants to carry on playing – why would Chelsea not want to keep him, let him help nurture the next breed of defenders at the club, what better teacher.
Look at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich – would they allow any of their club legends to depart in such a manner? Highly unlikely.
Chelsea in my eyes have clearly not worked hard enough to keep Terry, they are all too happy for him to walk away.
Chelsea’s website less than 24 hours later – is some half-washed quotes story from David Luiz, you have to scroll down to find Terry’s thank and so long piece…
You can also draw comparisons with Steven Gerrard – even when he left Liverpool for Los Angeles Galaxy, it never seemed right – but now he is back in the fold at the club and is already Under 18s coach, Liverpool learned from their mistake and moved quickly to rectify it.
Lampard himself has led the tributes to Terry following the announcement as he calls him the greatest defender in Premier League history – and how can you disagree with that? I certainly can’t.
The last man standing of an incredible era for @chelseafc. What a pleasure to play with the greatest defender in the @premierleague history. In fact, I’d put him up with any defender in world football of any era. He led the club both on and off the pitch from the moment he made his debut. He set standards for everyone, whether it was demanding excellence in training, fighting for every win or respecting how fortunate we were to play for such a great club. He was, and is, a legend, not just for his talent but just as much for his desire to get the best out of himself and others around him. That’s what made him the most successful captain in the club’s history. Off the pitch a great friend to not just me but so many at the club and outside of it. The countless things I’ve seen JT do to help people outside of the game, things that not many see, are what defines him as a man. @johnterry.26 you deserve every accolade you get over the next weeks and beyond and I hope you get what you deserve and lift two massive trophies at the end of the season(just to add to the tally ?). Whatever you do next I know everyone will respect your decision and I know that the Chels will always be your club. Absolute respect ????#jt #captain #leader #legend