Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Chelsea Captain John Terry Announces His Retirement

Former Chelsea Captain John Terry Announces His Retirement

Thierry Henry, John Terry, Brendan Rodgers, Eddie Howe and Rafael Benitez have all been linked with the role and the Villa board will be keen to make an appointment before the global break comes to an end.

The former Chelsea captain only officially retired from playing over the weekend, but had already interviewed with the club's hierarchy over the post made vacant by Steve Bruce's departure.

Belgium coach Henry was linked with the Villa job in the summer, however, the Championship club made a decision to stick with Bruce.

The Arsenal and France legend has been heavily linked with the role, with a Daily Mail report saying that he would be appointed and take John Terry along as his No.2.

Terry swapped Chelsea for Championship side Aston Villa in 2017, but left the club in summer after it failed to qualify for the Premier League.

The 37-year-old has hung up his boots and is expected to focus on a career in management.

On the continent, he collected the Champions League in 2012, despite being suspended for the final, and the Europa League the following year.

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Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have a tremendous bond with them, he added.

"Both men are winners and I hope the Premier League's best striker and defender prove a successful combination in the dugout".

"They all guided me on my way to playing 717 games for the club I love, and it was a privilege to serve them as captain".

"It's a big club, there's great potential there and it would be a great start for him".

Terry spent last season at Aston Villa, his last game being the 1-0 Championship play-off defeat to Fulham in May.

"I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead".

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