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Terry recalls Chelsea players 'crying their eyes out' when Mourinho was sacked

The former Blues defender has revealed how the squad dealt with the news of the Portuguese manager's dismissal thirteen years ago
John Terry has admitted that he broke down in tears with the rest of his Chelsea team-mates after learning of Jose Mourinho's sacking in 2007.
Mourinho was drafted in to replace Claudio Ranieri in the Stamford Bridge hot seat back in 2004, after guiding an unfancied Porto side to Champions League glory.
The Portuguese famously dubbed himself "the special one" in his first press conference for the Blues, and backed up his comments by transforming the team into the dominant force in English football.
Chelsea won back-to-back Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups under Mourinho's stewardship, setting new standards of excellence in terms of points and clean sheets in the process.
Unfortunately, Mourinho's tenure came to an abrupt end after the Blues' disappointing start to the 2007-08 campaign, amid reports of a fallout behind the scenes with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.
Terry recalls being overcome with emotion after being told a "father figure" was leaving the club, and says he and a few others pleaded with the board to reverse their decision.
The ex-Chelsea defender told Sky Sports: "We were all in tears. It was one of those moments where there were whispers going around, we weren’t performing as well, we weren’t doing as well in the league, and then he came in and said: ‘That’s it, I’ve been sacked.’ He went around and gave everyone a hug and a cuddle.
"Full-grown men crying their eyes out. We were thinking: ‘Where do we go from here?’ We had someone like a father figure, guiding us.
"We actually spoke to the board and said: ‘Listen, we want him to stay, can we not bring him back? It’s a rash decision, he’s the best we’ve worked with.’
"Unfortunately, they’d made their decision. But yes, there were full-grown men in absolute tears.
"He was so demanding on the group, and he pushed us to our limits at times. It’s not until you finish playing that you realise why he did what he did."

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