Later this month I expect to be having a chat on camera with Robbie Savage about his book entitled ‘I’ll Tell You What.’
I will be sure to ask him about the comments made today by Chelsea defender and Captain, John Terry. It’s been a strange season for JT. A somewhat unsettling one as he is no longer the first team on a Chelsea teamsheet. Age catches up with us all eventually.
But Terry has been a phenomenal player for Chelsea and England, and he’s no back number. He may or may not have fallen out with his manager Jose Mourinho, depending on who you believe. One thing is for sure. John Terry will always give everything for the club he loves and he will go down as a legend in the history of the club. Rightly so.
Today when asked about comments made about him by some media commentators including the outspoken Robbie Savage, the Chelsea man responded as follows.
He said: “I’ve come under criticism, individually, from certain players and individuals, players I’ve looked up to and played alongside. I’ve taken that on the chin: Rio, Carra, Neville, the very best I’ve come up against in the game. I take that on the chin.
“When others speak, maybe I don’t take it on the chin. When players have not had a career, played at a really bad level in their career… Robbie Savage being one.”
John Terry laughed when saying it but there is no doubt he sought to make a point.
Robbie Savage is far from the first former footballer to settle for a career in the media. Why not? It’s a far more secure role than being a football manager. It’s very well paid and you are not responsible for the behaviour and performance of current footballers.
I’ve heard Savage say daft things that I disagree with. In more recent times he has somewhat mellowed his criticisms. In his new book I did find his comments on the managers he worked for to be enlightening.
I hope my on camera interview with him will be on this website in December.