John Terry has already made feelings on next job clear as Chelsea icon linked with Aston Villa

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Chelsea icon John Terry is one of the early favourites to become the new Aston Villa manager following Dean Smith’s sacking on Sunday afternoon.

Smith saw his Villa team lose their fifth successive Premier League match on Friday evening at Southampton and the club’s hierarchy made the decision to relieve him of his duties as we head into the international break.

With Smith now out of a job, Terry being linked with the vacant job was inevitable, with the former Chelsea captain being the assistant manager at Villa Park for three years after he retired from professional football while playing for the Midlands-based club.

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As per OddsChecker, Terry is the joint-second favourite for the job, at 4/1, alongside Kasper Hjulmand and Paulo Fonseca, but Steven Gerrard (6/4) is the most likely to take over from Smith.

If the Chelsea icon did become the new boss of Aston Villa, then it would be his first managerial job and it would be a difficult one to turn things around, with the side wildly out of form as well.

When leaving the role as Smith’s assistant manager at Villa, Terry opened up on how he wanted to spend time with his family, but then made it perfectly clear that he wanted to become a manager in the future.

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John Terry
John Terry

He said: “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 do not 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 and 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.”

For Chelsea fans, it would be nice to see Terry back in football and back in the Premier League, but it could be a difficult job for someone with such little experience in the hot seat.

It remains to be seen whether Terry will be appointed, but according to the leading bookmakers, former Liverpool captain Gerrard is the most probable candidate to replace Smith at Villa Park.

Source by Football London

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