John Terry has admitted that he is “done” trying to become a manager, although he would be tempted to come out of “retirement” if Chelsea came knocking on his door.
Terry, a great defender and inspirational leader during his playing days, spent 22 years on the books at Stamford Bridge before ending his career at Villa Park, where he joined up as an assistant manager under former boss Dean Smith.
After working three years, Terry left that role in July 2021 and has since joined Chelsea’s academy setup as a part-time coaching consultant for the Blues, but he has not had a senior coaching role.
Speaking on Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips shortly before Graham Potter was sacked by the Blues, the club legend explained his current job at Stamford Bridge, and discussed his future.
He revealed that he no longer has the desire to make a managerial career of his own, and that he would not necessarily be good enough, admitting that many of the coaches he worked with at Aston Villa were better at it than him.
The former Chelsea captain did, however, leave the door open to accepting the Chelsea first-team job if they came to him with an offer.
Terry said: “I’m done from a managerial perspective… the only job I’d come out of ‘retirement’ for would be the Chelsea job, or some capacity in a first-team role,” he said.
“But I enjoy my golf as well, I want to play a bit of golf and have a bit of family time as well. The reason I left Villa, which I’ve not really said anywhere, was a family reason. I had to come back home and be with family. I loved my time at Villa, Dean Smith was great for me.
“I always see myself as a coach long-term. I enjoy the coaching side of it, but I have to say there were better coaches than me. I went for a couple of jobs when I left, didn’t get those jobs, got a little bit deflated. I’ve just decided against [management].”