By Graham Hill
VILLA coach John Terry says the club must ‘buy well’ this summer if they are to make an impact in the Premieer League next season.
Boss Dean Smith reckons he will be able to keep Terry on his coaching staff after Villa won promotion to the Premier League.
The Chelsea legend is among the contenders for the Middlesbrough job after Tony Pulis was sacked at the end of the season.
But Smith wants Terry to stay at Villa – while admitting that the ex-England and Chelsea captain will manage his own club one day.
Terry stepped up to the coach’s role last summer after playing for Villa and leading them to last year’s Play-off Final.
This year he could only watch as Villa beat Derby – managed by pal Frank Lampard – 2-1 at Wembley.
And Terry told Sky Sports: “It was very nerve racking, being on the touchline you can’t affect as much.
“The experience of last year has served us well this year. The disappointment of last season, then coming back here, the lads were unbelievable.
“We have a lot of Premier League experience in the squad, people who have played at big clubs.
“It’s a big occasion, but they’ve dealt with big occasions before. We knew that was never going to be a problem but they handled it really well. The last seven minutes were horrible but we got through it.”
Terry says he has been impressed by the young talent at Villa that has helped the club back into the top flight.
He added: “I saw it for myself first hand last year as a player, I could go through five, six, seven, eight players.
“But we need to go and buy well in the summer, it’s obviously a big step up to the Premier League.
“We have an awful lot of quality though and that’s what we need at the moment.
“All the back four have been incredible, even those that haven’t been playing, they’ve all been pushing each other. But Tyrone Mings has been fantastic and it’s bene a pleasure for me to work with him.
“When you’ve got players like that, with the ability that he’s got, you can see where he’s heading.
“I’ve enjoyed the experience of my first year of coaching. But I saw it for myself last year, with the following we have we could’ve sold Wembley out twice over every week. It’s a massive football club and winning the final is a huge step to where we want to be.”