Former Chelsea club captain John Terry has paid a fitting tribute to Antonio Conte, who was sacked as manager of the club on Thursday in a decision that was highly expected from ardent fans of the club.

Many will argue the move is a harsh one, as Conte was decent throughout his reign and he can leave with his head held high as the Blues did not have a trophy-less season during the two terms under his tutelage.

Conte had reportedly been at odds with the club’s management over their transfer policy and furthermore, few would have expected him to keep his job after the Blues finished in fifth position in the Premier League standings last season; outside the Champions League qualification places for the second time in three seasons.

In Terry’s final season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sailed to the 2016/17 Premier League title in a convincing fashion in what was a fitting end to the defender’s time with his boyhood club. Terry took to social platform Instagram to post a picture of himself and Conte together with the Premier League title and captioned it with the words: “Thank You Boss. Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future.”

After leaving Chelsea, Terry signed on to play with Aston Villa in the Championship last season. He helped the Villans to the Championship playoffs, where they lost to Fulham who eventually went on to win Premier League promotion. 

It remains to be seen what Terry will now do. He has been linked with Derby County, who are now managed by his former team-mate and Blues legend Frank Lampard. Alternatively, he could end up hanging up his boots and becoming a part of the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge.