Smith gave green light for Villa to hire Terry as coach
John Terry will officially begin a new chapter in his career this week, with his return to Aston Villa given the “full approval” of head coach Dean Smith.
The former Chelsea and Villa centrehalf and captain has joined Smith’s backroom staff as a joint assistant and will work alongside Richard O’Kelly.
The 37-year-old is studying for his coaching badges and has designs on eventually following his old England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard into management.
Villa were keen to bring Terry back but stressed to Smith during interview negotiations that the appointment was not a deal-breaker.
Smith spoke to Terry on the phone on Wednesday and decided that adding the former England captain to his staff would be a huge boost for the squad, who all admire him after his 12 months as a player last season.
It is understood that Terry is happy to “learn the ropes” under Smith and was highly impressed with the coach’s style of play at Brentford.
Smith will begin his reign tomorrow after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal
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will more than £300,000-a-year salary at Brentford.
The lifelong Villa supporter quickly emerged as the favourite for Christian Purslow, the club’s new chief executive, amid doubts over Thierry Henry and Rui Faria.
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Learning the ropes: John Terry will assist Dean Smith at Aston Villa and plans to become a manager fully committed – yesterday the former Arsenal forward was confirmed as Monaco manager.
There were also reservations over Faria’s lack of experience in a top job despite his achievements working alongside Jose Mourinho. A move for Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers was deemed a non-starter because of doubts that he would work with a sporting director, after Villa hired Jesus Garcia Pitarch.
Villa have assured Smith that funds will be available in January and he will target a left-back and a centre-half.