John Terry cites Jose Mourinho as the reason he wants to become a coach, hailing him as the best he has ever worked with.
Under Mourinho, and with Terry as captain, Chelsea won their first top flight crown for 50 years when the Premier League was secured in 2005.
During that 2004/05 campaign, they lost one game, conceded 15 goals and it didn’t take long for the young defender, who was 23 when Mourinho first waltzed into Stamford Bridge, to change his whole mind set.
After just a handful of training sessions, Terry was amazed by the amount of preparation that went into each one and it forced him take note – literally, as he made sure he was never without a pad of paper.
“He’d be out there at 8am, putting out cones, making sure there were enough bibs, enough balls,” he told the coachesvoice.com in a hugely revealing interview. “He brought ballboys into the training ground to make sure we would get balls back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Terry also offered an insight into Mourinho’s use of psychology on his players, revealing that, when the skipper was sidelined with injury, the manager would come in and speak to everyone except those in the treatment room.
It was motivation enough to get back out onto the training pitch.
“He knew exactly what he was doing,” he said. “He knew how to press my buttons, but he also knew when to give me a cuddle, when to tell me I was the best, when to tell the press that me, Frank [Lampard], Didier [Drogba], Petr [Cech], Ashley [Cole] were the best players in the world.
“I promise you, as a player, you went out there thinking you were the best.”
Terry, now at Aston Villa, worked with the current Man United manager in two spells at Chelsea and revealed those early notes were stashed away for safekeeping and still has them today.
“I knew, at an early age, that they could serve me well in the future,” he said.
Read the full interview at the coachesvoice.com.