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Opinion: Terry’s return to Aston Villa is not a return without its risks

Following the sacking of Steve Bruce and snub by Thierry Henry, Aston Villa appointed Dean Smith on Wednesday night in a managerial move that looks very promising. 

Working on a very tight budget, boyhood Villa fan Smith did a very commendable job at Brentford.

With a squad of higher quality that possesses the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Tammy Abraham and Jack Grealish, the 47-year-old should be able to accomplish a lot at Villa Park while delivering a brand of football the Aston Villa faithful are keen to see.

As well as hiring Smith, the Villans have also brought in Jesus Garcia Pitarch to take up the position of sporting director and former captain John Terry as assistant coach.

And while Aston Villa supporters will be delighted to see Terry return to Villa Park given the influence he had on the team last season as a player, it is a very questionable move on the club’s behalf.

The Villans had clearly been intent on bringing Terry back to the club regardless of the manager in charge with the ex-Chelsea and England captain having also been lined up alongside Henry and Rui Faria when they were headhunted for the job (via Sky Sports).

The 37-year-old obviously knows the squad well from his year playing in the Midlands suggesting one reason why the Aston Villa hierarchy may have identified him as a suitable lieutenant.

However, the fact Terry was often said to be one of the individuals in the Chelsea dressing room who would turn on a manager when things were not going well for the west London side does not bode well.

If the Premier League-winning skipper is not on the same wavelength as Smith, the Aston Villa boss could quickly have a mutiny on his hand led by none other than his No.2.

That being said, Terry is definitely someone who can bring much to the Villans in a coaching capacity. The retired central defender has been doing his coaching badges for some time now and is well on his way to following his ex-England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard down the managerial route.

There will also be the expectation that Terry can help Aston Villa out significantly defensively considering how good of a centre-half he was at Stamford Bridge, while he has also worked under very good defensive coaches such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

Nevertheless, Aston Villa’s decision to add Terry to Smith’s backroom staff is still one that has potential to backfire massively.

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