Smith: Why JT is ‘phenomenal’

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith says he is learning every day from John Terry.

The former England and Chelsea captain has been part of Villa’s coaching staff this season and was appointed when Steve Bruce was manager.

Terry led Villa to the Championship Play-off final last season and is set to play a big part again 12 months on as they bid to make a return to Wembley.

And Smith sees Terry as a future boss after working with him on the training ground since becoming Villa boss when Bruce was dismissed.

Smith told BBC Football Focus: “It works both ways with JT.

“He wanted to come and learn about being a coach and a manager.

“I have no doubts that he is going to make a top manager.”

Smith says Terry plays a key role in his coaching team behind the scenes.

And he has kept a low profile since coming to Villa – preferring to blend into the background and use his time with the club as valuable experience.

But with the Championship semi-finals keeping Villa and Derby apart, there is still a chance of Terry’s pal and former team-mate Frank Lampard going head to head with Villa in the final.

Smith added: “The amount of detail JT goes into is phenomenal. Myself and Richard O’Kelly are also learning from him.

“We say ‘What would Ancelotti have done, what would Mourinho have done. All the managers he’s played under.”

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