The Portuguese manager was fired last week after dragging down the defending champions to 16th place in the Premier League.

And now John Terry, a firm ally of Mourinho, has given a strong hint that some of his team-mates should have taken a long look at themselves.

The former England skipper also indicated that some of the players were lucky to be still at the club.

Terry told reporters: “If it was the case where you could get rid of a lot of players I’m sure clubs would do that, but unfortunately it does fall on the manager’s head, there’s nothing we can do about that.

“Obviously we are gutted the manager has gone, we as players feel responsible for that.

“We are not hiding away from that fact.

“We spoke on Friday about all of us sticking together — not just today or tomorrow but over the next five or six months — and getting ourselves back up the table.

“The fans showed the loyalty they have for Jose Mourinho. The memories he has brought to this club, the fans will never forget that.

“There is obviously disappointment from a lot of them and rightly so because of what he has achieved at the club. It was going to be tough for us, individually and collectively, but I think we put in a very good performance. I’ve been here before and seen it before.” Terry remains optimistic.

“You have to move on. A game came two days after the manager had gone so there’s no point in us sulking.”

There were reports on the wake of Mourinho’s sacking that suggested the arrogant Portuguese manager wanted to be removed from his £200,000 per week job by some senior players in the dressing room.

Week-in, week-out he attacked his boys with raising questions about their integrity and ability, which any manager at any level could see was sure to lose the faith in dressing-room causing revolt.

Big names were also mercilessly dropped without any reason, left at home for Champions League away matches and, especially in the case of veteran midfielder Nemanja Matic, humiliated by being substituted after they had come off the bench.

On top of that Mourinho launched an astonishing attack at popular club doctor Eva Carneiro after she ran on the field to treat injured Eden Hazard.

From the very first day of the season Mourinho started slaying his own players as early as August after only 2 Premier League matches, naming and humiliating 7 under-performing members of his squad just after the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and a 2-2 draw against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

He intentionally singled out captain John Terry, defenders Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic and Player of the Year Eden Hazard, blaming all of them for the disastrous start.

Despite former manager’s criticisms John Terry still admires him, from his recent comments its is evident.