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John Terry leaves Aston Villa coaching role, with a view towards football management

Captain, Leader, Manager?

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

After three years as Aston Villa coach, Chelsea legend John Terry is ready to take the next steps in his post-playing career, for which he’s set the ultimate ambition of becoming a football manager.

And it sounds like he’s hoping that something opens up for him in that regard pretty soon.

“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on. I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely 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 and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager. It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.”

-John Terry; source: Aston Villa FC

I’m sure Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel would be more than happy to have JT visit and soak up some knowledge that could prove useful in this job search.

Good luck, Legend!

(There is currently an opening at Swansea City, though they have other candidates in mind, including our former assistant and youth coach and player, Jody Morris.)