Legendary former West Ham United academy boss Tony Carr has lifted the lid on the truth behind John Terry’s departure from the club.
There has been no love lost between West Ham fans and Terry over the years.
The former England and Chelsea captain started his career as a teenager in the youth setup at West Ham.
Terry started out with famous East End feeder club Senrab before joining West Ham’s Academy setup under Carr.
Terry walked out on West Ham despite coming from Hammers mad family
The centre back seemed to be at the perfect place having come from a family of West Ham fans including dad Ted and brother Paul.
Indeed Terry’s dad once told now defunct tabloid The News of the World that it was his dream to see his son captain the Hammers.
It was not a widely acknowledged fact in football that Terry was a product of the famous West Ham academy production line.
But is was well known to West Ham fans.
As a result Terry had a volatile relationship with Hammers supporters over the years.
But he very much gave as much stick back to the West Ham faithful as he received.
‘Massive disappointment’ Legend Carr lifts lid on the truth behind Terry’s West Ham departure
Now, speaking on The West Ham Way Extra Time podcast, Carr has revealed the truth behind Terry’s departure from the club.
Carr admits it still hurts but praised Terry for returning to feature in his testimonial and a class mark of respect shown to him by the legendary centre back’s West Ham-mad dad that day.
“I can live with it if – like with Tony Adams came and trained and had a look and then decided to train for Arsenal, which is fair enough – we were in with a shout and (in Adams’s case) he chose Arsenal and that’s going to happen,” Carr told The West Ham Way Extra Time podcast.
“But when you have a player that’s been with you three years and then he just ups and leaves and signs for Chelsea, that was a massive disappointment. And you have to ask yourself, ‘Why did he leave, was it us, did we not treat him properly, what was wrong, wasn’t he playing in the position he wanted to’. Something was not quite right.
“There was a scout that worked for Chelsea that worked in the sort of Dagenham and Barking, East London area and he’d got in with the family, his dad and John, and basically sweet talked them into going to Chelsea.
“I don’t mean that in terms of they offered him any inducements or anything but he went to Chelsea to have a look and decided to stay there.”
Carr squashed a rumour that has done the rounds over the years that Chelsea immediately saw Terry’s potential as a centre-back.
‘He’s one that got away but dad’s testimonial gesture was touch of class’
Carr revealed it wasn’t until two or three years later and due to an injury during a Chelsea academy game that Terry was used as a centre half.
Carr added: “The rest, as they say, is history. He took to it like a duck to water.
“But that is certainly one that got away from us which is one of the sad things. Is there one reason he left? I really don’t know. I’ve never really gone into depth when I’ve spoken to him about it of why he left.
“But certainly the influence of the Chelsea scout was strong and obviously that was his job to entice players from other clubs. And sadly back in them days there wasn’t the compensation schemes there are now so we didn’t even get a bean for him, we didn’t get anything.
“A massive disappointment. He came back for the testimonial for me and put a claret and blue shirt on and got in a team photo so at least I achieved something.”
Carr also revealed a touching gesture when he offered free tickets to players attending his testimonial for family and friends.
Terry’s diehard Hammers fan dad, Ted, insisted on paying as a mark of respect.