As­ton Villa name Smith and Terry as new coaches

Global Times - - Sports -

For­mer Eng­land cap­tain John Terry took his first steps into coach­ing on Wed­nes­day when he was named as right-hand man to new As­ton Villa boss Dean Smith.

The sec­ond-tier English club also ap­pointed Je­sus Gar­cia Pitarch as sport­ing direc­tor as the for­mer Euro­pean cham­pi­ons moved to re­place Steve Bruce who was sacked last week.

Terry, 37, who spent the bulk of his ca­reer with Chelsea, cap­tained sec­ond-tier As­ton Villa last sea­son.

Capped 78 times by Eng­land, the cen­tral de­fender re­cently re­jected a chance to play for Spar­tak Moscow, say­ing a move to Rus­sia was not right for his fam­ily.

His last game as a pro­fes­sional was Villa’s 1-0 Cham­pi­onship play­off fi­nal de­feat by Ful­ham in May – a loss that de­nied Villa a re­turn to the Pre­mier League.

But his club ca­reer will be best re­mem­bered for his time at Chelsea where he won five Pre­mier League ti­tles, five FA Cups, as well as the Cham­pi­ons League and Europa League, al­though he did not play in the two Euro­pean fi­nals.

Smith joins from Brent­ford who are just one place off the play­off places while Vill are ma­rooned in mid-ta­ble.

Villa had been linked with a move for for­mer France and Ar­se­nal star Thierry Henry, but he has been lined up for the coach­ing job at Monaco as the French Ligue 1 club sacked Leonardo Jardim on Thurs­day.

Pitarch had also been sport­ing direc­tor at both Va­len­cia and Atletico Madrid.

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