Chelsea captain John Terry took to Instagram to express his sorrow after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked on Thursday.
In an emotional post Terry described the Portuguese as the "very best boss", going on to describe Mourinho as a friend.
Mourinho was sacked after a poor start to the season for Chelsea, including some sub-par performance from Terry, leaving the club in 16th place in the Premier League.
Chelsea captain John Terry admits he was relieved following Saturday's win over Norwich, and hopes it can kick-start their season.
The holders claimed just a fourth win from 13 games of the Premier League campaign as Diego Costa's goal secured a 1-0 success at Stamford Bridgefor the Blues to climb above their opponents to 15th in the table.
Terry told Chelsea TV:
We're delighted to win. Relieved as well. Picking up three points has been a really good feeling. Good performance to top it off as well.
Hopefully we can put ourselves on a good run of games now and climb up this table. We can build on this now and hopefully get another win on Tuesday.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he has little chance in overturning captain John Terry's red card at the weekend.
The former England defender was sent off for pulling back Soloman Rondon early in the second-half in Chelsea's 3-2 win over West Brom.
Asked if he would appeal the red card, Mourinho said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time.
"No (I don't blame him), it's a ball into the space behind the full back, the full back is pressing high, the striker makes the movement and then (referee) Mr Clattenburg decides it's a red card.
"To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game. Some things you can see and some things we can see.
"I prefer just to focus on us."
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John Terry has opened up the prospect of a move to Major League Soccer, although the Chelsea captain wishes to finish his career at Stamford Bridge.
The 34-year-old this season won his fourth Premier League title, playing every minute of the 38 games for Jose Mourinho's side.
His friend and former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard now moves to MLS with New York City, while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is joining Los Angeles Galaxy, and Terry has not altogether ruled out a trans-Atlatic switch to the United States.
"I would love to finish my career at Chelsea and maybe there is a time when I look to go to play in America or whatever might be best for my family at the time," Terry told TalkSPORT.
"Hopefully I have a couple of years left at least. I always thought I could get to age of 35 and still (be) playing and I am getting close to that now."
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Captain John Terry has played every minute of every Premier League game this season and used his post-match interview after the Blues won the title to hit back at someone who said he couldn't play twice a week.
Terry told Sky Sports: "This is unbelievable, we worked so hard and we got over the line; we're champions. We worked so hard, we got over the line."
"One person said I couldn't play twice in a week. He knows who he is. I'm still here, still fighting," Terry added.
The ex-England man also broke away from the celebrations to say: "On behalf of everyone at Chelsea, we send our condolences to Rio Ferdinand and his family," - referencing the death of Ferdinand's wife, Rebecca.
Rio Ferdinand says that although he "no longer gets on" with John Terry, he can admit that the Chelsea defender has been "outstanding" this season.
The former England team-mates do not speak any more as a result of the fall-out from Terry's racism case with Ferdinand's brother, Anton.
Rio Ferdinand last year used his autobiography to say he found it "impossible to forgive or forget" the pain of that incident, but on Friday said in his column in The Sun he felt moved to praise Terry's on-the-field performances.
It's no secret that me and John Terry are not the closest of mates. But just because we no longer get on does not mean I've lost my admiration for him as a footballer.
His performances for Chelsea this season have been nothing short of outstanding and I'm not afraid to say it. John took the decision to retire from playing for England and had his reasons, but Chelsea are reaping the benefits.
John is finding, as I did, that the upside of being off the international scene is that your body gets the rest it needs which allows you to keep performing at top-level well into your 30s. As I said, me and John are not pals but then again I didn't like a lot of things about Luis Suarez either, especially when he was biting people.