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BARCLAYS FIRST CRISIS FOR GRANT Final defeat means pressure is mounting

Chelsea fans should be surprised that the man described as 'The Volcano' in his native Holland has finally blown.

Henk Ten Cate is understood to have had a furious bust-up with Chelsea captain John Terry - and news of that will have rung a few bells at the coach's former clubs.

At Heracles, the second club in his colourful career, his aggressive attitude is believed to have alienated the players.

After he left, skipper Hans Voskamp said: "As a coach there was no argument about his abilities, but as a human being he was terrible. It was always the same story. Some very strange things happened and he had trouble with everyone."

His next stop was Sparta Rotterdam, and star striker Dennis de Nooaer claimed: "At every club you see the same thing with him. The first year everything is all right.

"The second year he makes trouble with every player. He's done that at every club he works for. When we won it was Henk's work, yet when we lost it was our fault."

In fact, there have been tears and tantrums at most of clubs where Ten Cate has worked during his coaching career.

Following his departure from Vitesse Arnhem, president Charles Aalbers said: "I had to sack Ten Cate because there was such a bad relationship between him and my players.

"Every day Ten Cate had an emotional argument with someone. With him, you have a top coach at your club, but also a volcano."

Even Ten Cate himself once said: "Chairmen don't take me to a club to make friends, they take me to win matches. So when I'm the coach, I take it to the limits. Be sure, I will be the boss."

And at NAC Breda technical director Jan Rad recalled: "It was a tragic season with Ten Cate. He had private troubles with our team manager, Cor Bloks, and with the physiotherapist, Jan Lukx.

"Things got so bad that one day there was even a fight between Ten Cate and the manager in the club car park.

"Lukx was affected so badly by the constant rows and aggression that we had to send him for psychiatric help. He was still receiving help two years after Ten Cate left."

The relationship between Ten Cate and the Breda players was no better.

Midfielder Jeffrey van As admitted: "On the pitch there's no better coach than Ten Cate but, socially, he fights on every front.

"When I said something in the newspaper about the treatment of the physiotherapist, he came in the next day and threw the paper in my face. He said to me: 'F*** off and go join your friend!'"

A Chelsea spokesman said: "Henk is an outstanding coach with a phenomenal record."

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