John Terry revealed the players would have “screaming arguments” in the Chelsea dressing room, but insisted player power was not an issue for any manager at the club.
Terry made 717 appearances at Stamford Bridge during a 19-year career for the Blues and was one of the club’s most prominent figures.
There were previous suggestions that the defender at one point even ran the show and was too involved in club and management decisions.
It has been suggested that Avram Grant, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas and even Jose Mourinho during his second spell at the club have been sacked due to player power.
But Terry insists such rumors are false and claimed the players respect whoever was on the touchline at the time.
“No, definitely completely wrong when it comes to players being responsible and making decisions,” he told Stadium Astro.
“The reason we were so successful at Chelsea in my time, we always had one man in charge and that was the manager.
“We had such a strong group of players to help this process. If we could help this manager whether it’s talking to him or discussing things with him or helping the process of a lot of things before it even happens to him and nipping things in the bud .
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“There were things in training that Mourinho never had to do because the players didn’t accept him.
“If anyone wasn’t up to the level or standards we demanded, as a Chelsea football club, then me, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech [would tell them].
“If people didn’t continue to live up to those standards, before the manager even had to say anything, we’d nip it in the bud and that’s what we big characters in the band would do. .
“Even a few times we would go into the locker room and there would be screaming arguments, we would fight each other.
“The manager would come in and say ‘you did my job for me’ and then he could focus on the tactical side.
“It was the little bits where it was what we knew, it was what brought out the best in us and it was what worked for us at the time.
“I’m not saying it would work now or it would work ten years from now, but it’s what worked for us.
“These stories that we were in charge are completely false, but we had a great group.”
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Terry got his hands on various honours, helping his side win five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and a host of domestic cups.
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