John Terry Up For Aston Villa Manager Position, Lampard Backs Him

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Former England and Chelsea Captain John Terry who announced his retirement from competitive football on Sunday has been linked to Aston Villa‘s vacant manager position.

John Terry played for the Championship side last season as they tried to mount a challenge back to the Premier League but this season has been really poor for the Villians, and poor results have led to the sack of Steve Bruce.

While Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry has also been linked with the position, many feel it is Terry that will come out top as he wishes to follow the footsteps of Steven Gerard.

Harry Redknapp has also spoken out backing the former Chelsea defender. “I was at a function last night and John Terry was there and I had a feeling he was right in the frame for the Villa job.

“He’s a runner, that’s for sure,” Harry told talkSPORT.

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“John wants to get into management – he sees Frank [Lampard] doing it and sees Stevie Gerrard having a crack.

“John is a confident boy. He’s just retired from playing and he’s thinking about the future, and if the opportunity comes to manage a club like Aston Villa, that would be a dream job for him.

“It’s a big club, there’s great potential there and it would be a great start for him.” He concluded

Former teammate and Derby manager Frank Lampard is backing Terry to do well in the dugout. Urging his former captain on, Lampard said: “He always seemed like he was going to be a coach or a manager, and he has all of the attributes. He’s a leader, he studies the game, and I think and hope he’ll do well.

“He has obvious attributes in leading people around him. That’s what a manager needs to do – he did it in the dressing room.

“It changes slightly when you become a manager but you still have to have those attributes where you can push people on, drive, encourage, lay down the rules on how to perform to get the best out of yourself as a group. If he carries that on to management then I think he’ll be a success.

“(Terry’s playing career) was truly great, whatever way you look at it. John’s titles, medals, personal achievements are absolutely up there in terms of world football, in terms of an English career in the Premier League era.”

Terry has also decided he will support Henry as an assistant manager should the Frenchman not get the Monaco job and come to Aston Villa instead.