Terry: I want to be a manager
John Terry has told Sky Sports News he wants to be a manager “in the long run” but refused to comment on reports linking him with the Aston Villa vacancy. The 37-year-old former England defender announced his retirement on Monday following a trophy-laden career as a player, which ended at Aston Villa.
The Sky Bet Championship club have been without a manager since sacking Steve Bruce last week and Terry has been listed as one of his potential successors. When asked if he wanted to follow in the footsteps of former England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard – who have taken up management roles – Terry was enthusiastic about the idea.
“I’m ready for the next chapter in my life,” he said. “Let’s see what the future brings. Hopefully it brings half the success I had as a player.
“Frank’s a good friend. I saw him the other night. It’s an ambition of mine [to be a manager], it has been for a long time. I have ambitions and aspirations to be a coach, a manager, in the long run. But, like I said, it’s about taking time to reflect. That’s the most important thing for me.”
Terry spent almost his entire playing career at Chelsea and is thrilled to see how well the Blues have started under Maurizio Sarri. The Italian boss, who was appointed in the summer, has led Chelsea to second in the Premier League after eight games – level with leaders Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool on 20 points.
“It’s been very good,” Terry added. “Eden [Hazard] is on fire, isn’t he? I’ve come across the manager a few times, I’ve been in and around the training ground, and he’s a great guy and has got them playing very well with some exciting football at the moment. Long may that continue and hopefully we can push for the title again.”