After being absent for the first two friendlies, John Terry confirmed the many rumors saying his drive to be a manager makes stepping away from Villa before the start of a new season the right thing to do. Terry said all the right things in an Instagram post this morning and can now concentrate fully on the next step in his career without feeling like he is short changing the Villa.
Dean Smith, after what one can only assume was multiple conversations, told the AVFC website, “I’m disappointed to lose John as part of my coaching staff but fully understand and respect his decision. John has played a huge role in the success the club has enjoyed over the last few years and has been very supportive of myself throughout that period. I have no doubts he will go on to be a first-class manager in his own right and wish him well for the future.”
Thankfully for the backroom staff, Craig Shakespeare is also an assistant manager so the role is filled. But Terry’s experience and connection with players will be missed. Terry has been linked in the press to almost every opening in England for the last season or so and I’m sure he will be carefully watching the job openings as the season carries on. He — much like his England team makes Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard — will earn the chance to show his managerial talents at a high level. From there... who knows what will happen.
All the best John and thank you for your contribution to Aston Villa!