Terry has total confidence in AVB

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Andre Villas-Boas has the full support of the Chelsea dressing room, and reports that the manager has fallen out with a number of the club's senior players are wide of the mark, insists John Terry.

Since his appointment in the summer, Villas-Boas has endured a difficult start to his Chelsea tenure, and despite successfully steering the club to the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League, his side's inconsistent league form has all but ruled the Blues out of the title race.

Terry admits that whilst it has been a testing few months at Stamford Bridge, the team unity and togetherness is stronger than ever, and says that everyone is pulling in the same direction to try and improve.

"I want to make it clear I'm 100 per cent behind the manager," the skipper told the London Evening Standard. "There are no problems behind the scenes.

"The manager has made it clear the players who want to stay here will be here, and the ones who don't can move on.

"I have seen on the news today that people are saying I didn't celebrate with the manager for the first goal against Wolves but I did.

"I ran over there and I was worried that Wolves were about to restart and take the kick-off and catch us on the break while we were celebrating. I had a quick celebration with him then after the game as well."

The 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux on Monday was Chelsea's first Barclays Premier League victory in their last five games, and Terry is hopeful that the squad have now turned a corner and can answer their critics with improved performances on the pitch.

"From a results point of view we have been giving people an opportunity to write stuff," he continued. "People tend to look at it a lot deeper than it is.

"At the same time we need to be winning a lot more which I'm confident we will do. First and foremost, the club is a lot bigger than any of us and will come before any of us from now into the future.

"He has come in and changed a lot of things at the football club, not only on the football pitch but on the training ground as well.

"Roman [Abramovich] is fully behind him, the club as well, and he is making these changes, not for the short term but for the long term as well.

"He is going to be the man in charge and we all have to respect his decisions. He has been very up front with all of us so we can't argue with what he's done."

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