Aston Villa and John Terry have today announced that they are to part ways after merely one season.
After losing the Championship Playoff Final against Fulham last Saturday, confirming another season in England’s second tier and missing out on the massive financial boost of the Premier League, Villa were bound to make some cuts. Terry's relatively high wages will have factored in greatly in the decision.
Overall, the Villa captain (still sounds weird) played in 36 games this season and even scored on one occasion, which was ironically against Fulham back in October. Despite the now 37-year old Terry's form no longer being enough for a squad role at Chelsea, the skipper put in some fantastic performances for Villa which ultimately contributed massively to them reaching the Playoffs.
While the Birmingham club thanked Terry for all his contributions during his time at Villa Park, it's the fan reactions on Social Media that tell the real story; a story of a player who was once hated outside SW6 ... and now is only hated outside of SW6 and B6.
Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club. I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club. I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs. I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a manger this season that will stay with me forever.Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony, who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with everyday. ⚽️ Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level. Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal. But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future. @avfcofficial
So what’s next for JT? Had Villa gotten promoted, he was ready to play on but it’s unclear if that is still the case after the disappointment of that loss at Wembley. Perhaps he’s finally ready to make that long-awaited move into coaching — there are rumors that he might join Frank Lampard and Jody Morris, who are all but set for the Derby County job — or perhaps he’ll find one more challenge before hanging up his boots for good.
For now, I for one feel very much for the Aston Villa fans as John Terry's emotional departure last year is still very present in my mind. The only difference is that we can be quite confident that the legendary defender will come back to Chelsea in some capacity in the near future.
In any case, good luck, John, wherever your next destination may be!