According to The Birmingham Mail, new Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry has ruled out any chance of returning to playing.
This came after he was mocked at training for wearing the same boots as the players, rather than the ones that the coaching staff were wearing.
Speaking to BBC 5Live, the former England captain and Chelsea legend said:
“As far as playing is concerned, that is done. That is my previous life.
“This is a new chapter for me and something I am really looking forward to.”
While that is expected, seeing as he retired recently, there is a legitimate argument that the centre-back would still be able to do a job for The Villans.
So far this season, Aston Villa have had a worrying dearth of centre-backs, turning to the likes of midfielder Mile Jedinak and full-back Alan Hutton to play there. Only one team, Preston, have conceded more goals so far this season, as the defence is clearly the club’s biggest weakness.
Therefore, it seems hard to believe that Terry would not make an impact at the club if he played. The man, who played over 700 games for The Blues, did a terrific job for Villa last season, being a rock in defence for a side that only narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Premier League.
Villa currently sit in 15th place in the Championship, having only won three games out of their opening 12 games of the season.
Perhaps, once Terry starts coaching, he could be coaxed back into playing again.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!