Video - Niall Quinn suspects Terry is being phased out at Chelsea

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
End of the road looming large for Terry?
End of the road looming large for Terry?

John Terry suffered the indignity of being hauled off at half-time as his side crashed to defeat at Man City - and former Ireland striker Niall Quinn suspects it is the beginning of the end for the Chelsea skipper.

Mourinho confirmed he substituted Terry for the first time in his two spells as Chelsea manager for tactical reasons, with his removal not helping the Premier League champions as they slumped to a damaging defeat.

The damage to Terry could be more long term as in the opinion of Quinn, the Chelsea leader and legend may is about to be 'phased out of the club' by Mourinho.

“I think it could be the start of the end for John Terry,” Quinn told Sky Sports. 

“I think he’s got a hell of a battle on now to get back in the team. To be taken off at half-time in a big game, he would be gutted. He’ll be thinking long and hard tonight about what it means for him.

“I think the manager made too much of a point about how right he was over the substitution. That’s telling.

“Terry looked a broken man (above) when the cameras went to him in the second half. He must have been feeling the pressure and this doesn’t come out of the blue. He effectively got the blame for the first-half performance and the manager justified it afterwards by praising Kurt Zouma. 

“I don’t think it bodes well for John Terry. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.”

Mourinho claimed the final score line at the Etihad Stadium was 'false' as his side did not deserve such a heavy beating, yet the ramifications of this win for the 2013 Premier League champions was summed up by City skipper Vincent Kompany.