Chelsea legend John Terry has claimed that being an assistant coach at Aston Villa is a new chapter for him and has insisted he is several years away from becoming a manager.
The former England and Blues skipper was appointed the assistant manager of newly appointed Dean Smith at Villa Park on 10 October 2018.
“I have aspirations to be a manager one day,” said Terry, 37. “But that is in four or five years – I’m nowhere near the finished article.”
“If anything it is more intimidating for me. I want to learn from him.”
“As far as playing is concerned, that is done – that is my previous life,” Terry continued.
“This is a new chapter for me and something I am really looking forward to.”
Terry spent his final season of an illustrious playing career at Aston Villa before announcing his retirement from playing on 7 October.
He added: “I have a history with Dean. He used to be an assistant manager at Leyton Orient when my brother [Paul] was playing there. I have known him for an awfully long time.”
“Even my first day was a real eye-opener for me – as a player you don’t realise the depth and the amount of work that goes on.”
“You turn up as a player and get on with the session. Yesterday we were going through it for an hour beforehand, and then another hour and a half afterwards.”
The 37-year-old won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three English Football League Cups, two FA Community Shields, Europa League and Champions League.