Former Chelsea captain John Terry is presently assistant head coach to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, however he has made no secret of his want to grow to be a manager.
Terry has revealed that he has already turned down approaches from two “decent-sized clubs” as a result of he is “in no rush”.
The 40-year-old has labelled managing Chelsea his “end goal” and dominated out ever turning into Tottenham or West Ham boss, saying “Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take” and that he “wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham” both.
In an interview with the Times, Terry mentioned: “My ambition is very, very clear. There’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club.
“My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four.
“I look at Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Stevie [Gerrard] and the success they’ve each had. Lamps in his first season at Chelsea, and what Stevies accomplished up at Rangers is unbelievable.
“l probably wasn’t ready to go into coaching then. I am now. But I’m not just going to jump into anything. I’ve turned down two jobs since I’ve been here [at Villa].
“Decent-sized clubs. But it’s going to take something special for me to leave here. I’ve got one more year left at Villa. I’m in a privileged position because I’m in no rush. I want to be a No 1 but I’ll get there at some point.”
Terry added of the vacant Tottenham job: “Never take it. Never. Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham too.”
Speaking again in February, Smith was requested about Terry’s future at the membership amid reported curiosity from the likes of Bournemouth and Celtic.
“I’ve always said right from the outset that John Terry came here to learn about coaching, and he’s become a very, very good assistant manager to myself,” Smith replied.
“But ultimately, he’s come in to learn the trade to ultimately become a number one. He wants to go into management but there’s got to be a right time and the right club for him, and likewise it has to be the right time for Aston Villa as well.
“JT has been a part of that dialog all over, so we’re fairly cool on it.”