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By ESPN Staff
Sep 29, 2007

Terry anger over 'ridiculous' Jose rift reports

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - John Terry says he is taking legal action after British newspapers ran stories that a row between the Chelsea captain and Jose Mourinho precipitated the Portuguese coach's shock exit from the club last week. Terry was substituted at halftime in Saturday's Premier League match with Fulham at Stamford Bridge after a clash with Fulham's Clint Dempsey early in the half resulted in an injury to his face. Writing in the Chelsea programme for the derby, the England skipper also said Mourinho was the best manager he had ever worked with. 'Most of the time it's easy to shrug off stories that are plainly made up but this week I got very angry about a couple of pieces suggesting an argument between me and Jose ... was somehow the cause or contributed to his leaving Chelsea,' Terry wrote. 'This is ridiculous and untrue and with the help of my lawyer I'm taking action to put this right.' Mourinho left Chelsea 'by mutual consent' last week and was replaced by Israeli coach Avram Grant, who is close to owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire abandoned his usual box to sit among fans during the match, eyewitnesses said. Unhappy fans chanted Mourinho's name during Saturday's game, the first at home since his departure and stall holders were doing a brisk trade in 'Bring back Jose Mourinho, We love the Special One' tee-shirts outside the ground. 'Jose Mourinho won six trophies at Chelsea, he simply was the most successful Chelsea manager ever and the best manager I have worked with,' Terry wrote. 'His training preparation and tactics were outstanding...but more importantly he is a good man.' Terry, 26, who joined the club as a 14-year-old, added that Grant was the fourth manager he had played under at Chelsea and called on fans players and all staff to give him their full support. Grant, whose first two games ended in a 2-0 defeat at Champions Manchester United and a 4-0 League Cup victory at Championship (second division) side Hull, did not contribute to the programme, but gave an interview in which he said his footballing philosophy was 'entertainment and you need to fight for the points.' He added: 'I think commitment to the club is very important. The club is more important than anybody...'