Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Fans Planning a Vocal Show of Support for Terry; Watford V Chelsea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Fans Planning a Vocal Show of Support for Terry; Watford V Chelsea

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

FUMING Chelsea supporters will demand captain John Terry is given a new contract during the game at Watford tonight. A large section of the club's fanbase have been left stunned by Terry's claims after the 5-1 win over MK Dons on Sunday that the Premier League champions are prepared to let him leave at the end of the season.

Chelsea insist that negotiations are not over and there is still plenty of time for the situation to change. However, the club have agreed fresh terms with Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill in recent weeks, leaving fans mystified why the board haven't done the same with Terry, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.

Tim Rolls, chairman of the Chelsea Supporters Trust, told Standard Sport: "There is a lot of frustration, in some cases anger. That will manifest itself tonight. Whether Terry plays or not, he will get his name chanted throughout. There will be lots of chants of 'Sign him up' and 'John Terry, we want you to stay' before, during and after the game.

"I was on the train back from Milton Keynes after the win on Sunday and all the fans were relaxed, then all this growling started that Terry was leaving. It was a shock to a lot of people. Everyone assumed he'd get another year. No-one saw this coming."

Chelsea maintain the reason why Terry's case is being treated differently is because they want to discuss it with the next permanent manager first. While interim boss Guus Hiddink believes the former England international should be kept on, he is only in charge for the rest of the season.

Given Terry's stature at the club, Chelsea feel it is too large a decision to make without consulting Hiddink's replacement. But there is also a suspicion from within Stamford Bridge that Terry has leaked news about the nature of the talks to provoke a reaction from the fanbase that will put pressure on the board, as well as letting other clubs know he is available.

He is already set to receive lucrative offers from China, Turkey, Qatar and the MLS, many of which will be worth more than his current PS150,000-a-week salary. But Rolls insists no matter what the truth of the situation is, Chelsea cannot afford to be without Terry next term. …

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