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John Terry’s father charged with racist attack


Stay classy, the Terry family.

Just when ugly stories and headlines regarding John Terry and his parents seem to have disappeared, JT’s Dad has heaped more shame on Chelsea’s captain.

Ted Terry, 59, was today charged with racially aggravated assault after an incident in London earlier this year. Ted was released on bail and will appear at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on July 23.

This all comes after his son, John, was embroiled in probably the largest racism scandal to ever hit the English Premier League.

Just to remind you, Terry was accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand back in 2011 and lost his place in the England squad. Terry was later cleared of any criminal charges in court, but was banned by the English Football Association and charged with racist abuse.He  has carried around the stigma of being accused as a racist ever since.

So obviously these headlines are the last thing Terry, 32, needs heading into the new EPL campaign.

Trying to get his Chelsea career back up and running after injury concerns and being used in a squad rotation system by Rafael Benitez last season, Terry will be hoping for a clean slate under new Chelsea manager José Mourinho. When the Portuguese manager was in charge at Stamford Bridge last time out, Terry was his inspirational leader and the duo formed a close bond.

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But with more bad press for Terry and ultimately the club, can Mourinho trust Chelsea’s skipper to perform and lead his troops this season?

Many would argue that David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic have jumped ahead of Terry in Chelsea’s central defensive pecking order. By don’t rule out Terry yet. Mourinho has recently stated how important Chelsea’s older players are in helping to mold the youngsters at the club.

Terry is a leader and a no-nonsense defender on the pitch. But off it, his life and that of his family have brought shame and scandal to his name time and time again.

Here are a few other incidents that are making it harder and harder for Terry’s name to abscond controversy. Ted Terry was secretly filmed by a British newspaper trying to sell cocaine to a citizen in an English pub four years ago. Terry’s mother, Sue, and his mother-in-law Sue Poole, were both charged with shop lifting back in 2009. Terry’s contract at Chelsea is for $10 million a year… And of course Terry himself has never been far from the front page of the British tabloids after drunken binges, alleged affairs with the fianceé of his Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge and being stripped of the England captaincy on two separate occasions.

Can Terry do much about the behavior of his Dad? No.

But this season is pivotal in the legacy the Chelsea captain can leave behind. Mourinho will help make or break the former England internationals season. If he leads Chelsea to another EPL title in 2013-14, then many will forget these unsavory headlines about Terry and his family. But if JT fails and drifts into obscurity on the bench and Chelsea struggle, expect to see plenty more stories of outlandish behavior from Terry…and his family.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.