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Terry discusses ‘eye opening’ experience as Aston Villa coach

John Terry has opened up on what he’s learned since becoming a coach at Aston Villa earlier this season.

The Chelsea defender took his first foray into coaching last October as part of Dean Smith’s backroom staff at the Championship club, with whom he had just retired from playing professionally the previous season.

Terry revealed his experience thus far and what he’s learned from being in the dugout:

“It’s gone very well. It’s been positive and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far,” Terry told avfc.co.uk.

“I perhaps didn’t realise the detail and the preparation that goes into everything – and I’d like to think as a player I knew a bit about what went on behind the scenes.

“It’s certainly opened my eyes to the level of detail that goes into things.

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“I’ve learned so much, especially from Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly – watching the way they do things.

“It’s things like going home as a player on a Saturday night and assessing your own performance and getting ready to go on Tuesday again. Now, I’m watching our games back at least twice to give views in our meetings and debriefs.

“Personally, I’m also clipping up videos for the defenders, midfielders and strikers – looking at individual bits they can improve as well.

“I’m constantly on my iPad watching games back. We’re always looking at our strengths and those of the opponents, as well as their weaknesses.

“I’ve adapted really well to the 24/7 life. My family have, too. I’m really enjoying it.

“Football is all I’ve known since I left school. I love it. I’m obsessed with it.”

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