Chelsea legend and current Aston Villa player, John Terry’s future has found another direction to head towards as Villa boss, Steve Bruce has expressed interests in keeping the veteran for a player-coaching role next season.
Bruce was quoted, “I hope he stays here. If he wants to do coaching he can come and be part of our coaching team. If that is what he wants, no problem. But I think John will make his own decision. When we have achieved what we are trying to achieve, we will sit down and talk.”
Aston Villa are currently placed at the third place in the Championship table and might just make it over the line to move back into the Premier League next season. Steve Bruce has done a commendable job and is on the lookout to find his successor at Villa Park and has identified Terry as the prime candidate.
However, Terry has already been linked with a move back to his former club next summer to take over the managerial position. Antonio Conte currently holds the reins at Stamford Bridge but has fallen under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks. Chelsea’s consecutive losses to Bournemouth and Watford over the past month opened up the doors to what seemed like the inevitable.
The former Juventus manager’s relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy had soured before the start of the current season. Conte had demanded financial support to bring in the players that he wanted. While the South London club did see a host of big-money names make an entry to the Bridge, Conte was less than happy to see his prefered transactions get ignored.
Communication between the Italian and Abramovich seem to have taken a step further in the wrong direction after Chelsea’s former technical director, Michael Emenalo stepped down from his position back in November.
While the London club has already shortlisted a few names to replace Conte, taking the services of their long-serving defender and quite possibly a club legend might just be a no-brainer. Terry has been with the club through thick and thin from 1998 to 2017. He has given his heart and soul to the side and has won almost every major trophy possible with an English team.
However, while his talents as a player and a captain are undeniable, he has yet to pick up experience as a coach. A stint as a manager with a club like Aston Villa might be a good stepping stone for the 37 year old as he might gather useful experience in the field of coaching.
So, it can be said that if Terry is to ever embark on his new career as a manager, he will be better off learning and polish his craft before taking up the demanding position of coach in a big club like Chelsea. Maybe transitioning into the job by taking up Steve Bruce’s offer is the best way to go for the veteran English defender for the time being.
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