John Terry’s comments on taking Chelsea role as Aston Villa see assistant leave

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John Terry has left his role as Aston Villa head coach with the aim now to take over his first position as the No 1 at a club and he’s spoken openly about his “clear” aim to manage Chelsea one day. Terry made his first foray into coaching back in October 2018, joining Dean Smith’s backroom staff.

He helped steer Villa into the Premier League in 2019 and just last month completed his UEFA Pro Licence.

And Terry has now left his role at Villa to pursue a management job, with some reports suggesting he could take over a club in the Championship.

In a statement on Villa’s website, Terry also admitted that he will be visiting “clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager”.

Ever since Terry retired from professional football back in 2018, he’s been constantly linked with a move into management at Stamford Bridge, where he is regarded as one of the club’s best ever players.

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Thomas Tuchel currently holds the position as Chelsea boss and looks unlikely to be moved on any time soon after winning the Champions League.

But Terry has made no secret that managing Chelsea one day is his “end goal”.

“My ambition is very clear,” he told The Times back in May.

“There’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club.


“My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four.

“I look at Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Stevie [Gerrard] and the success they’ve both had.

“Lamps in his first season at Chelsea, and what Stevie’s done up at Rangers is unbelievable.

“I probably wasn’t ready to go into coaching then. I am now.

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“But I’m not just going to jump into anything. I’ve turned down two jobs since I’ve been here.”

He had previously been linked with jobs at Bournemouth and Celtic but appears likely to take some time before deciding on his next move.

“I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can,” he said.

“Having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family.”

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