Terry: Ex-players shouldn’t have to finish coaching course

Daniel Storey

John Terry believes the Football Association should fast-track former England players into management and coaching roles.

Terry spoke out at the end of a week in which his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard retired and Steven Gerrard began working as an academy coach at Liverpool.

Former England captain Terry is still a Chelsea player at the age of 36, but admits he would love to be the manager at Stamford Bridge one day.

“I feel it’s very important we get the best players back in the game,” Terry told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“This generation of footballers have earned very good money throughout their time.

“We need to make it easier for them to get into coaching roles – by not doing the full length of the FA coaching course, which I know [FA technical director] Dan Ashworth at the FA is on board with.

“He’s trying to help these players get back out there because they’ve got so much knowledge to pass on.

“Not only to the kids, but to experienced players in the dressing room that haven’t achieved what these guys have achieved.”