Just a few days after retiring officially as a player, Aston Villa Football Club have announced the appointment of Chelsea Legend, John Terry as Assistant Coach with Dean Smith as new Head Coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director.
The Chelsea family coaching tree has grown by a new branch with John Terry joining Aston Villa as assistant manager.
We are delighted to announce the appointments of Dean Smith as our new Head Coach, John Terry as Assistant Coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director ✍️
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 10, 2018
Terry spent the final year of his illustrious playing career at Villa Park as he captained the club to the play-off final last season and brings a wealth of experience with him to his new role from his time as skipper of both Chelsea and England.
Villa fans certainly could use a bit of entertaining after a highly disappointing start to the season saw Steve Bruce sacked last week.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 10, 2018
CEO Christian Purslow said;
“These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search. Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship. The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.
He added that;
“John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean. And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”