Chelsea captain John Terry says Jose Mourinho’s exit as the Stamford Bridge club’s manager is a “sad, sad day”. Mourinho made Terry skipper aged 23 in 2004 in his first spell as Blues boss. Terry led Chelsea to all three Premier League titles under Mourinho, who was sacked on Thursday, in addition to an FA Cup and three League Cups. “Going to miss you boss. The very best I have ever worked with, unbelievable memories together. Thank you doesn’t seem enough,” Terry said on Instagram . Since coming through the ranks to make his debut in 1998, Terry has played under 13 managers at Chelsea including Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez. He was one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers both in Mourinho’s previous reign at the club and then as they won last season’s league title.
However the former England international’s starting place has been less secure in the current campaign. He was taken off by Mourinho at half-time when his side were beaten 3-0 at Manchester City in the second league game of the season while Terry was an unused substitute for the win over Arsenal in September. Terry was replaced early in the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday in what turned out to be Mourinho’s final game in charge. Cesar Azpilicueta has also been part of a Chelsea defence which has struggled this season and the Spain full-back also called Mourinho’s departure a “sad” day. The 26-year-old added: “I would publicly like to thank Jose Mourinho for his contribution to this club and for everything he has taught me over the years. “I want to wish him all the best for the future. With him we have achieved very important titles and memories for the fans that will remain in the history of Chelsea forever. “He will always be remembered. Thank you mister.”