Smith gave green light for Villa to hire Terry as coach

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By John Percy which triple his

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

In brief

Mo­hamed Salah has re­turned to Liver­pool af­ter suf­fer­ing a mus­cle strain in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swazi­land. “The ini­tial di­ag­no­sis, ac­cord­ing to the team doc­tor, is a strong mus­cle strain. It is not a tear. I think it is not se­ri­ous,” Egypt as­sis­tant coach Hany Ramzy told Bein Sports.

Henry gets Monaco job

Thierry Henry has been named as the new head coach at Monaco. Arse­nal’s

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.

Henry was in­ter­viewed by Purslow but there was a feel­ing that he was not

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.

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