By Phil Jennings
JOHN Terry says he is only ‘a YTS’ when it comes to football management and coaching.
Terry has been a key part of Dean Smith’s backroom team at Villa since ending his playing days at the end of last season.
And he says he wants to be manager himself one day.
Pal and former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard is already in the hot seat at Derby – who lost to Villa in the Championship Play-off Final on Monday.
But Terry, 38, told reporters after the Wembley triumph: “It’s just great to see young managers like Stevie and Lamps getting the opportunities. In the long run obviously that’s my ambition but I’m not thinking about that. As a player I got to the heights I wanted to get to but, and I firmly believe this, I’m a YTS again.
“I’m starting right from the very bottom and I’m not afraid to say that. I’m not afraid to do all the dirty work – picking up the cones, the balls and the bibs; all of that stuff is part of my education. I’ve got a great teacher in Dean and Richard O’Kelly, the assistant coach as well to bounce things off.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to sit there and learn from them because they’re superb.
“I think you know as a player when time is up really and I kind of knew that last year in my last game at Wembley. It is something I have been planning for a few years and the experience and the day-to-day work on the training field with the defenders and the group, and what the manager allows me to do, has been fantastic for me.”
Terry believes promotion means Villa can hang on to their best players – especially Tottenham target Jack Grealish.
He added: “It’s great that we have gone up and we get to keep the likes of Jack, John McGinn and our top players.
“It’s Jack’s football club – he’s been here right from when he was a boy and it’s great to see. We’re not just going in to make the numbers up. We have players out of contract and we need to strengthen to make the jump of course but, if we add in the right departments, I’m sure we will be fine.”