John Terry has left his assistant manager position at Aston Villa to pursue a first senior role in management.
Terry has been a part of the coaching staff with Aston Villa for three years, moving into a backroom role with Dean Smith’s side after finishing his playing career with a single-season spell at Villa Park.
The former Chelsea and England captain has now decided to leave his position to pursue a senior role, revealing he has made the ‘extremely difficult decision’ to move on and outlining his plans to visit various clubs across Europe before moving into management.
Terry has thanked Aston Villa and Smith for providing him with an opportunity to begin his coaching venture and insists he has ‘loved every minute’ of his time with the club.
“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,” he wrote in a statement on the Villa 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.
“I would like to thank Christian Purslow and our owners, Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity.
“And I will forever be indebted to the Gaffer for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at such a wonderful club. I have loved every minute of it and learnt so much.
“I can’t thank Dean enough for the support and guidance he has provided me with and I’m sure he will continue to lead the club from strength to strength.
“Finally, I would also like to thank all the players and staff and wish them all the very best for the season ahead and say a huge thank you to the wonderful Aston Villa fans for their support.”
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