John Terry: Why Chelsea Club Captain Is Still Required by Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho's unveiling as the new Chelsea manager was characteristically revealing, and the Portuguese tactician wasted no time in labeling himself "The Happy One" for his second stint at the club.
Many questions were asked; very few were answered, as the former Real Madrid boss wasted no time in reverting to his frustratingly cryptic self.
He refused to comment on anything regarding Rafa Benitez's reign—particularly regarding player selections—but did take the time to speak about club captain John Terry.
The skipper started very few games under Benitez, who much preferred the pairing of Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz, and now faces a fight to get back into the team.
Phil McNulty of the BBC states Mourinho has promised nothing to Terry, who must prove himself worthy of selection, but he did at least suggest he would try to get him back to his best.
Terry, 32, is slowing down; he's no longer head and shoulders above the rest like he once was and knows there are better centre-backs on the roster.
But his declining playing skills won't worry Mou, as the manager knows Terry's dressing-room presence is worth its weight in gold all the same.
Many mocked the former England international for donning a Chelsea strip and lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy despite missing the game through suspension, but the players had no qualms with it.
Simply put, he's a locker-room hero, and the players feed off his leadership skills.
He still represents a very good rotational option in defence and keeps the club's depth in that position incredibly strong, while he also injects a bit of traditional, British steel to the ranks.
Does John Terry have a future as a manager?
You haven't seen any "if I'm not playing, I'm going" spiel from the player because he loves the club—a valuable trait that has allowed him to slot seamlessly from undroppable to backup without any animosity.
Many clubs fret over how to tell their long-term stars they're no longer cutting the mustard, but Terry's acceptance of the situation has been impressive.
He won't cause any public problems in the background, but his vocally commanding style can still inspire the dressing room.
In some ways, it's reasonable to expect Terry to act more as Mou's No. 2 in the dressing room than a surefire starter on the field.
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