Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield believes that John Terry will start his managerial career in the Championship but doesn’t believe it will be right away, following his departure from Aston Villa.
Villa have gone from strength to strength since returning to the top flight and last season amassed 20 more points than the previous campaign, finishing on 55.
After having three successful years with Villa, Terry decided to step away from his role, saying: “My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully, take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.”
And Hatfield believes that, when he does enter the world of management, it will be in the second tier of English football, telling This is Futbol: “I think he’ll start cutting his teeth in the Championship, similar to how the likes of Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard have done in recent seasons.
“The big thing for him is finding the job that’s right for him and I don’t think it will be right away. I think there are some people kind of linking him with Swansea already, but for him, I think it’s going to be a few months down the line, see what jobs are about November, December time and maybe we will seem him in the dugout then.”
John Terry played under some of the best managers in the world, including the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Gus Hiddink, and such experience, as well as his time working alongside Smith at Villa Park, will no doubt have given him some priceless insights into what it takes to become a top boss at the highest level.