Chelsea legend John Terry has left his role as the Assistant Manager of Premier League outfit Aston Villa, the club have disclosed. It can be recalled that the defender joined the club in 2017 and was appointed as the captain of the side.
Terry, 40, made 32 appearances for the Villans in the 2017/18 season before he became an assistant to current Villa boss Mike Dean.
In a chat with the club’s official website, Terry said: “It has been a tremendous honor 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.
“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.”
Smith said: “I’m disappointed to lose John as part of my coaching staff but fully understand and respect his decision.
“John has played a huge role in the success the club has enjoyed over the last few years and has been very supportive of myself throughout that period. I have no doubts he will go on to be a first-class manager in his own right and wish him well for the future.”