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Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has laid down hints to Football Insider that John Terry may soon outgrow the club, claiming he could move on next season.
Terry has been terrific for the club since arriving, having an impact on the pitch as well as proving to be a valuable asset off it.
Initially signing as a player in 2017/18, he hung up his boots and then became assistant to Dean Smith when he was given the reins in October last year.
The pair of them helped to turn the club around, leading them to promotion after a run of ten games without dropping a single point towards the climax of 2018/19.
Yet, he could be on his way out of the club according to Bent, who speaking to Football Insider, was adamant that he could depart next year. He said:
“I’m pretty much sure that if Villa have another successful season and they stay in the division and everything goes to plan, then the end of next season someone comes to John Terry, I’m sure Dean Smith will go: ‘You know what? You’ve been a brilliant servant for me, on you go.’”
The former Chelsea man was a terrific leader during his playing days and he’s also proving to be a likeminded character as part of the backroom staff.
The ex-defender had a valuable impact in terms of his coaching, ensuring Villa kept clean sheets in 50% of their games between March 2 and April 22. The overall percentage for the entire season for Villa was just 26%.
His impact, therefore, has been brilliant.
After all, he was also a major influence in initially bringing Tyrone Mings to the club on loan in January too.
The Bournemouth loanee claimed that he couldn’t turn down the chance to work with the 38-year-old and it’s factors like that which makes it easy to see why he could well outgrow the club and take a managerial job elsewhere.
Terry has shown himself to be a capable coach and the fact he was such a stalwart of the Premier League, appearing 492 times in the top flight, means he could arguably walk into a top managerial job.
Smith hailed his assistant after the play-off final, saying: “John Terry is a top guy and a really good coach and will be a top manager one day.”
Therefore, it’s not only Bent that sees his future potentially lying elsewhere.
As we’ve seen with Frank Lampard, he earned his stripes with Derby before going onto become Chelsea boss, narrowly missing out on promotion with the Rams last term.
A similar sort of journey to Lampard’s could, therefore, be on the cards for Terry.