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Can John Terry Be a Success at Aston Villa?

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John Terry swapped playing for coaching eralier this month, having been appointed the new number two at Aston Villa, assiting new manager Dean Smith. 

Terry, 37, announced his retirement from professional football last month, after not finding a new club since leaving Aston Villa last summer. Following his decision, there was rumours Terry may find himself at Villa as the number one but instead begins his coaching career as an assitant manager.

Terry joins his friend and ex teamate Frank Lampard, as well as the likes of Steven Gerrard and even Joey Barton into the coaching world however unlike the other three, will have to do his yards as assistant before stepping into the manager position. 

If his playing career is anything to go on, then Terry could be an instant success as a coach, who's 20 plus years of playing experience, winning countless trophies including 5 Premier Leagues, will be a sure assest to the Villa dressing room. 

Terry's accoldaes as a player are sure to earn him respect in the dressing room and having played at Villa as recently as last season, he will already have a strong relationship with most of the playing squad, who were beaten in last season's play off final by Fulham. 

Terry's playing connections already look to have left him in good stead, having already recieved a vote of confidence from striker Tammy Abraham, who spent a few years at Chelsea with now his new assitant manager. 

Terry and Smith have a big job to do at Villa, who have won just once in 11 games and Terry will be hoping they can quickly climb the table.

New manager Smith will also be facing pressure with Terry in his shadow, with rumours circulating that Terry was the club's choice rather than Smiths himself. 

Terry will be aware that although he is number two, his reputation as player means there'll be a lot of limelight on him as a coach and this could be the first step towards a succesful coaching career. 

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