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John Terry leaves Aston Villa after three years as Chelsea legend looks ahead to management

John Terry leaves Aston Villa after three years as Chelsea legend reveals plans to ‘visit clubs around Europe’ before making step into management

Aston Villa have announced assistant manager John Terry has left the club after three years on Dean Smith’s coaching team.

The Chelsea legend revealed he made the decision due to his desire to be a manager himself in the future, and so will travel Europe to visit various clubs ahead of making that next step.

Terry has been linked with several management in the jobs in the past, having made no secret of his desire to be more than an assistant.

John Terry has left Aston Villa as he looks to make the step into management in the future

The Chelsea legend spent three years at Villa Park after Dean Smith brought him in as assistant

The Chelsea legend spent three years at Villa Park after Dean Smith brought him in as assistant

‘It has been a tremendous honour 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,’ Terry said after leaving Villa Park.

‘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.’

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