John Terry as Chelsea Boss: The Positives and Negatives

John Terry has been tipped as a possible makeshift Chelsea boss if the club caves in to pressure and axes Rafa Benitez.

John Terry would have a lot of admirers and fans if he was appointed temporary Chelsea boss until the end of the season. There is a clear case for that appointment and a clear case against it.


Terry embodies the identity of Chelsea football club in terms of the team, the way the club is run and the fans. He’s been an ever present in the Ambramovich era which means he must have a solid working relationship with the Russian.

Man management and giving the boot to certain players is something that seems right up Terry’s street. He’s the sort of figure who will rip into certain players if they’re not playing well and literally no one is safe from the firing line.

It would certainly give everyone a massive boost of confidence because Terry is someone everyone can get behind. The fans would be happy with the appointment because he’s Mr Chelsea and the players may be given a lift, as the job would effectively be going to one of their own.

Plenty of other players in the past have been thrust into management or have gone into it as a career straight after retirement. Terry wouldn’t be retiring, but it shows that it is possible for gaffers with no experience to have success straight away.


He would get absolutely slaughtered in the press any time anything went wrong. The press haven’t exactly been kind to Terry over the last few years due to some off the field antics and that is pressure which could cause Terry to drop his normally respectable façade.

That media pressure in itself would cast light on the way Chelsea is run and in the eyes of some fans, it could have a negative impact and make them a laughing stock as opposed to the formidable and respectable force they were under Jose Mourinho.

Terry has no managerial experience because he’s still a full-time player. There is even the question of whether he has the right Uefa badges to be able to take control of Chelsea, even if it’s on a temporary basis. That lack of experience could be exploited by other teams bosses.

Tactically he may not have the expertise to get the team over the line in tight games. If he was up against Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho, then those bosses would grind him down and pile the pressure onto Chelsea and Terry may struggle for the answers.

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