John Terry has revealed that he is excited about taking up his role as assistant manager to new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.
Terry saw out the final year of his playing career with Aston Villa in the Championship last season and after he announced his retirement recently he rejoined the club as assistant to Smith, with the 37-year-old revealing that he is looking forward to the next chapter of his career.
“It felt a bit strange at first,” Terry told Aston Villa’s official website. “I almost walked towards the dressing room area!
“But, listen, it’s great to be back for myself. Obviously, I have been here as a player and I understand the magnitude of the place – I’ve experienced it.
“I’m delighted to be part of the team alongside the gaffer and Richard O’Kelly and I’ll try and learn as much as I can.
“I’m very excited by it. It’s a new chapter in my career and a new challenge for me.
“To start at such a big club like Aston Villa is a dream come true for me and I’m absolutely delighted to be back.
“Every player at the back end of their career keeps one eye on that route. A lot of players have gone off and done it – Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. They’ve started well at their clubs.
“But this is the perfect role for me right now – I’m not ready for that.
“Obviously that’s my ambition in the long-term, but I’m starting at the bottom and I’m keen and eager to learn and be successful.”