John Terry has spoken for the first time in his new role as Aston Villa assistant manager.
Terry has joined Villa’s backroom staff after the appointment of Dean Smith as boss, with Richard O’Kelly working alongside the pair.
Former Chelsea captain Terry spent a season as a player at Villa before leaving this summer, and rejected a number of offers so he could take his first steps into the world of coaching.
“It felt a bit strange at first,” he told the official Aston Villa website. “I almost walked towards the dressing room area!
“But, listen,” he said, in a phenomenally Frank Lampard-esque ‘joke followed by serious point’ segue. “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.”
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