New JT deal ends Villa exit talk

By Graham Hill

JOHN Terry has been tipped to be a ‘top manager’ in the future – after agreeing a new two-year deal to stay on at Villa.

Terry has ended any speculation about his immediate future by signing a new contract at Villa Park which will take him to 2021.

The Chelsea legend and former Villa captain had been tipped to move away from the club this summer.

Terry was linked with managerial posts at Middlesbrough and Derby County – where his former Stamford Bridge team-mate Frank Lampard is expected to make a return to Chelsea as manager.

But Villa boss Dean Smith told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased that JT has extended his current deal as he’s a pleasure to work with.

“We’ve had a successful start to our Villa coaching careers and JT has been instrumental in joining myself, Richard O’Kelly and Neil Cutler.

“He’s complemented the team that we have and I have no doubts he’ll go on to be a top manager in the years to come.

“Our focus now is on the coming season and to try to continue the progress we’ve had in the past eight months.”

Villa Chief Executive Christian Purslow added: “The Board of Aston Villa is delighted with John Terry’s contribution to our club in his first year as an Assistant Head Coach.

“We admire his dedication and commitment to gaining more experience and learning under Dean Smith’s leadership in these formative years of his managerial career.”

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