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Aston Villa job first step in John Terry’s five-year plan to become a football manager

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It’s all part of the plan

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John Terry may have wasted no time in moving from a playing career to a coaching career, but he knows that even beyond just earning his coaching badges (which he’s yet to do), it’s a long journey to football management, which is his ultimate goal. Taking the Villa assistant to the manager job is just the first step in that process.

“Obviously I have aspirations to be a manager one day. But that is four or five years away for me. I am very keen to learn and I have great people to learn from who have a wealth of experience. I just hope I can add a small bit to this group and the management team to try and get us up to the Premier League.”

Lesson one: don’t wear white boots (and not just after Labor Day).

“I had my boots on today and got a bit of stick because I was wearing white boots. The lads, the gaffer everyone gave me a bit of stick. I had to come over to the coaching staff and put a pair of black boots on!”

Fashion faux pas aside, JT’s happy with his decision to retire and is ready to dedicate himself fully to his new life.

“No, as far as playing is concerned, that is done. That is my previous life. This is a new chapter for me and something I am really looking forward to.

“It is an exciting challenge for me and something I have had in the back of my mind for the last four or five years as something I wanted to do when I finished playing. When I made that decision, having played here, and the experience I have here and the affiliation with the Villa fans, it was the right choice for me.”

-John Terry; source: Express

We can only wish JT the best of luck in his new role and in their season’s aims of promotion. I’m sure we will see each other again, perhaps in about five years.