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JOSE MOURINHO will read the riot act to his Chelsea players as soon as he meets up with his squad next month - in an attempt to improve the club's battered image, writes DAVE KIDD.

In the six years since the Special One left Stamford Bridge, skipper John Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, Ashley Cole shot an intern with an air rifle, Eden Hazard kicked a Swansea ball boy and youngster Jacob Mellis had his contract cancelled after he let off a smokebomb, sparking a full evacuation of the training ground.

But Mourinho - himself often mired in controversy during his first Chelsea reign - is ready to lay down the law. He said: "There is something I say at every club I go to, and I'm going to say it again when I meet the players on July 10. It's a sentence that I always say on the first day: 'If you are a top professional, if you are not a selfish person, if you put the club in front of yourself, and if you are here to work 100 per cent for me, for your fellow players and for the club, we will have a wonderful relationship. If you are selfish, if you don't care about the club, if you don't care about the image, if you don't care about the fans, then we are in big trouble'."

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Chelsea's players had become too powerful because the club had changed managers too often. And Mourinho admitted: "What Sir Alex says about English football and management is doctrine. It's the bible. If he says that, with so many years' experience, I think he is correct."

Mourinho felt Real Madrid did not back him when he fell out with senior players Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos last season - but he believes Roman Abramovich will fully support him in tackling player power.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2013
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