Earlier in the week, there were reports that former Chelsea legendary defender and England international, John Terry applied for the vacated coaching position at Championship side Bristol City. However, the manager of Aston Villa, Dean Smith, said Terry, who is currently his assistant at Villa has no plan to take up the managerial responsibility of Bristol City.
The speculation that John Terry has applied to take up the coaching job started flying a few days after the former manager of Bristol, Lee Johnson was sacked by the club on July 4, 2020.
The 39-year-old former manager of Brighton was sacked because he was not able to help Bristol win 9 consecutive matches, thereby slipping to the 11th spot on the EFL Championship table. The club is currently being managed by Dean Holden (caretaker).
During a pre-match interview with Sky Sports on Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace match slated for this afternoon, Smith said he has spoken to John Terry about the speculation and Terry has assured him that he is committed to Aston Villa, thereby putting an end to the speculation that he might leave the relegation-threatened club this summer.
“I have spoken to John and he is fully committed to our cause here at Aston Villa. I don’t think we can look at the summer, we’ve got to look at now.
“They’ve got Dean Holden, a former coach of mine, in charge at the moment. He is working hard for his club and JT is certainly working very hard for me. We’ve got a very good relationship and we enjoy working together.”
Terry retired from active football at Aston Villa in 2018 after spending the best of his football career with Chelsea. Few months after retirement, he returned to Aston Villa to become an assistant coach to Dean Smith. Together with Smith, the 39-year-old England legend helped Villa to return to the Premier League in 2019.
Currently, he and Smith are battling to rescue Aston Villa from dropping out of the Premier League. They are currently sitting on the 19th spot with 27 points in 34 games. As it stands, they are 9 points away from safety.
A win against Crystal Palace today will manage to take them to the 18th spot with 30 points if the 18th placed Bournemouth do not win their match against 4th placed Leicester City later today.
Since Dean Smith has ruled John terry out of the Bristol City’s job, the most likely candidate to take over the hot seat is Chris Hughton. He has managed a series of Premier League and Championship clubs including Tottenham, Brighton, Norwich City and Newcastle United.