John Terry has held his hands up to accept his part in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea downfall.
Terry was disappointed to learn the Brazilian had been axed on Monday afternoon, just as he was about to board a flight to Spain with England. Various factors have been put forward for Scolari's demise, including some senior players being unhappy with Chelsea's new training regime.
"I was playing well for the first five or 10 games but since then I could have been better," he said. "I am my own worst critic and I know I need to improve - my fitness and my game. I could have done better and I hold my hands up to that."
It is now becoming apparent Scolari's fate was sealed last week at a meeting which involved Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech.
Once Chelsea failed to overcome Hull on Saturday, there was no way back for a man who has won a World Cup and reached the European Championship Final with Portugal in 2004.
Guus Hiddink is already in line to replace Scolari, at least on a part-time basis, although Terry does not feel the events of the last few days can be allowed to pass without some kind of self-analysis from the Chelsea camp.
"The overall picture needs to be looked at," he said. "The powers at the club need to look at that."
And, having accepted his own faults, Terry feels some of Chelsea's other experienced players need to analyse themselves before pushing all the blame for a season of disappointment at the Brazilian's door.
"I have sympathy for Scolari," said Terry. "He had my support that's for sure, and two or three other players will say exactly the same thing, I'm sure.
"He's a great man. Unfortunately we weren't playing well and it falls on his head. Maybe they should look at some of us because we did underachieve."
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