The legend departs!
Chelsea Legend John Terry makes manager admission as Aston Villa announce departure.
The former Chelsea defender has officially stepped down from his very successful coaching role at Villa, as the club have now confirmed.
“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on,” Terry told the club’s website.
“I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through.
“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully, take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.
“It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.”
As The Athletic explain, Terry has made a huge difference at Villa, especially to their defensive setup and helping stop their leaky back line.
They say that he has stepped away from the role in order to take up his first managerial role, although there is no indication of where that might be right now.
West Brom and Bristol City are mentioned as linked clubs, however there are other clubs around looking for managers so the rumours will now begin.
Will he be considered for a Chelsea role? Absolutely, one day for sure, as the report from The Athletic reiterates, Terry said that he end goal is always Chelsea, he wants to manage Chelsea one day.