Aston Villa boss: ‘It was my decision to bring Terry in’

Date published: Tuesday 16th October 2018 7:07

New Aston Villa boss Dean Smith insisted it was his call for John Terry to return to the club as assistant manager as he ruled out a playing comeback for the ex-England skipper.

The 47-year-old held talks with with Terry over Facetime last week before the former Chelsea captain was appointed.

Richard O’Kelly has also followed Smith from Brentford as assistant head coach.

Terry was tipped to join as Thierry Henry’s assistant before Smith’s appointment but despite Villa’s desire to have Terry back Smith said it was ultimately his decision.

“I was told there was an opportunity to take John and I said if I speak to John I think we can both come up with good enough honest answers to see if we both want to move on with it or not,” said Smith, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after joining from Brentford.

“That’s what we did. Me and John spoke about it and decided it was right. If it wasn’t we both could have said no but I felt it was a win-win for both of us. It was my decision to bring John in, yes.

“It was probably an hour of Facetime meet. He was warming up for a pro-am golf event and he probably wanted it to be a bit quicker. But to be fair we both had really good questions that we wanted to ask.

“He’ll be the first to admit he was nervous this morning. You’re going in front of people who you were once in the dressing room with, having banter with, and getting involved in coaching them and trying to improve them.”


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