Terry backing Hiddink and Hughes
John Terry admits it would be "great for Chelsea" if Guus Hiddink returns as manager - but the Blues skipper would also happily play under Mark Hughes who yesterday quit as Fulham boss.
England captain Terry is currently preparing for tomorrow's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland but club matters were on the agenda when he conducted his series of pre-match press conferences at Wembley.
Terry was sad to see Carlo Ancelotti relieved of his duties at Chelsea, particularly after the strong support he offered Terry when stripped of the England captaincy two years ago. But he also had a strong relationship with Hiddink during his short spell at Stamford Bridge during the 2008-09 season and also has respect for former Chelsea striker Hughes.
Terry said: "I was very sad to see Carlo go. He was a great man, a great manager and supported me a lot over the (England) captaincy. Having done the double for the first time in Chelsea's history, that is something that will live with the club, live with him and the players forever. We then pushed Manchester United so close for the title this season after being out of the race realistically for three months and before turning around that form.
"I was disappointed to see him go. It's out of the players' hands, it's a club decision, the manager and the players respect that. But we are looking forward to the new manager coming in and hopefully getting that trophy (the Premier League title) back."
Hiddink led Chelsea to victory in the 2009 FA Cup final and Terry is adamant he would have the support of the dressing room if he returns. He said: "He came in for a short space of time and we won the FA Cup under him. I have great memories of him, he is someone I have been in contact with since he left the club.
"The players completely respected him. He knows the players inside out as well. He would be welcomed back. If it is to be him, then great, or whoever it is, the players will naturally get on with it and work very hard under the new manager."
Hughes had been expected to move to Aston Villa although the midlands club insist his resignation from Fulham was pure coincidence as they still search for a replacement for Gerard Houllier. But Terry would have no qualms about the former Wales and Manchester City chief taking charge at Stamford Bridge.
He said: "Mark Hughes would have the qualities, I think he has shown that for sure, (he is) someone the club will hopefully be talking to. I know Mark and his background staff. The understanding of the club and what it means to the supporters will come naturally to those guys. If he is linked in, it will be welcome to the players."
Terry has often spoken of his own desire to manage Chelsea but is adamant that is a long way off. He said: "That is the ultimate aim of course. I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment. But that is a long, long way away. I'll leave it to the rest of the guys out there at the moment."