Chelsea legend John Terry could be returning to his boyhood club in the near future to take up a role within the academy set up but his long-term ambition could follow a similar route to Frank Lampard.
According to the Athletic, the 41-year-old is being welcomed back to the club as a youth development coach after five years away.
The ex centre-back is set to take the role at Cobham having served as an assistant coach to Dean Smith at Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
He has reportedly registered his interest in managerial roles in England but was politely turned down.
With a new role coming up, all attention now turn towards whether the ex-centre-half is making the right decision in joining his ideal club at the early stage of his managerial career, just like Lampard did.
Obviously, they will be in different capacities and slightly differing circumstances but the long-term goal, as we know of the English pair remain the same.
“Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big,’ said Terry via the Daily Mail.
“I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management, then Chelsea’s the one and obviously in an ideal world that would be incredible.
“But I do realise as well that you can’t go in at somewhere like Chelsea as your first job. You need to go and learn. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would. So I think you need to go out and do your work and make your mistakes that no one sees, so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”
Lampard also helped coach Chelsea’s youth teams when he took his coaching badges several years ago.
Lampard at the time helped Jody Morris, who was the manager of the Under-18’s. Lampard would then take Morris along with him as an assistant to Derby before returning to Stamford Bridge to fill the senior dugout in 2019.
It appears unlikely tat history will repeat itself with Terry. Given Thomas Tuchel’s position of strength and the freakish occurrence of a transfer ban, forging a unique set of circumstances that led to Lampard’s appointment.
One thing is for certain though this time round, and Terry will certainly bide his time when trying to achieve his aspirations in the managerial sense,
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Terry will be working with Ashley Cole in the youth set-up which sounds like every Chelsea fan’s dreams. Can the pair continue the recent successes of the the academy system in producing the future talent that will consist of hopefully, first team regulars?
The recipe is already there with the rise of Reece James and Mason Mount amongst others, so if Terry can aid further development in that sense, he will be sure to earn a good reference for the main managerial hot seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
Source by Football London