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Terry hints at divided Blues camp

Chelsea captain John Terry (left) and former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
Terry has seen several managers come and go at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea captain John Terry has hinted at a divided Stamford Bridge dressing room and revealed his shock at the sacking of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"He had my full support. I'm sure two or three of the other players would say the same," said the centre-half.

"I was shocked by what's happened. I have sympathy for Scolari. He's a great man but we weren't playing well and that unfortunately falls on his head.

"Maybe it should have fallen more on us the players," added Terry.

Chelsea have taken just eight points from their last six Premier League games and have fallen to fourth place in the league.

"At end of the day it's all about results, and unfortunately for Scolari they didn't come," added Terry.

With Russia coach Guus Hiddink confirmed as temporary boss and Scolari's replacement on Wednesday, Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack echoed Terry's words.

"We wanted to have success. That it didn't always work out at the end is surely not only the fault of the coach but also of us players," the German said, who is in Dusseldorf for a friendly against Norway.

"Scolari has shown in the past that he is a successful coach. I found it surprising. I am not there, but for sure it's in the back of my mind that when I go back on Thursday there will be a new situation there."

Fabio Capello's England side are in Spain to play a friendly against the Euro 2008 champions at Seville's Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Wednesday and Terry admitted he was was pleased to have international distractions.

"What's happening back home is at the back of my mind but I am focusing on the game ahead," said Terry.

"It is a bit of a relief to get away for a couple of days because my main concern should now be England.

"The manager has stressed he wants everyone focused on the game ahead. I want to put in a good performance personally and hopefully the squad can do the same."

Chelsea agreed a compensation package with Scolari and his backroom staff, the club confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Although no details were given, some reports have suggested Scolari could walk away with about 7.5m.

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