John Terry takes a big step towards managerial job after Chelsea legend completes his UEFA Pro Licence… with Dean Smith’s assistant coach at Aston Villa looking to eventually follow in footsteps of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney
- John Terry has been Dean Smith’s assistant coach at Aston Villa since 2018
- The 40-year-old has enjoyed promotion and two successful top-flight seasons
- But Terry may have his eye on a top job after finishing his coaching qualifications
- Terry said he ‘loved and enjoyed’ the journey and thanked the FA for the course
John Terry has completed his UEFA Pro Licence as the Chelsea legend eyes a top managerial job in the future.
Terry, who is currently Dean Smith’s assistant coach at Aston Villa, has worked in the dugout at Villa Park since retiring from playing in 2018.
But the 40-year-old Chelsea legend has taken another step in his aspiration to landing a job as a No 1 after completing the final qualification in the coaching ladder and struggled to hide his joy as he posted an Instagram with his certificate.
John Terry posted an Instagram with his certificate after completing his UEFA Pro Licence
Alongside the photo, Terry said: ‘I’m delighted to have completed my UEFA Pro Licence with the FA.
‘I have loved and enjoyed the journey where I have met and learnt from some great people on the course.
‘A huge thank you to all the FA Staff who have been superb in supporting us all the way through. Dream big JT.’
Terry was one of 24 coaches to pass the ‘FA Level 5 UEFA Pro Licence’ qualification in the ‘Class of 2021’, alongside former players such as ex-Manchester United man Quinton Fortune, former Stoke midfielder Rory Delap and ex-England Women’s star Casey Stoney, who most recently managed the Manchester United Women’s team.
Terry has spoken in the past of his ‘dream’ being to manage Chelsea, where he made 717 appearances and won 18 trophies during 19 successful years.
Terry was one of 24 coaches to pass in the ‘Class of 2021’ which included Quinton Fortune (pic)
Chelsea legend Terry won a total of five Premier League titles during 19 years at the club
‘My ambition is very clear – there’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club,’ the ex-Blues and England captain said.
‘My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four.’
Terry has enjoyed success with Smith at Villa Park, overseeing promotion to the Premier League and two successful seasons in the top-flight.
Terry has been Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa since 2018 and has enjoyed success
But down the line, the 40-year-old could be looking to follow in the footsteps of former England team-mates Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, who have all landed top roles in the dugout.
Lampard started at Derby before landing the top job at Stamford Bridge for 18 months before his sacking in January.
Gerrard has just won the Scottish Premiership in his third season with Rangers while Rooney kept Derby in the Championship on the final day last season after taking over in January.
Steven Gerrard (L) and Frank Lampard (R) have all entered the managerial fray after playing
Another ex-England team-mate of Terry’s, Wayne Rooney (R), has landed the No 1 job at Derby