26 March 2020
John Terry has refused to rule out a return to Chelsea in a coaching role but believes there is currently no-one better than Frank Lampard for the top job at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry has hinted that he could return to Chelsea as part of the Blues coaching staff, although the club legend refused to put a time frame on any comeback. The former centre-back also praised his old team-mate Frank Lampard and claims there is no-one better suited for the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
Terry spent almost two decades of his playing career at Chelsea, winning five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League, Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups.
The ex-England captain made the switch to Aston Villa in 2017 and was part of the side that lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off final before he started his coaching career under the tutelage of Dean Smith.
Terry has held the assistant role at Villa Park for two seasons now and actually has more experience in coaching than Lampard did when he took the top job at Chelsea.
The current Blues boss was appointed after just a single season of competitive management at Derby, at the end of which the Rams also lost the Championship play-off final ¬– to Terry’s Villa side.
Lampard was given the call-up to his former side in the summer anyway and Terry has nothing but kind words to say about his old team-mate and assistant Jody Morris.
Morris is also a former Chelsea player, having featured alongside Lampard and Terry between 1996 and 2003.
In a conversation with YouTuber Frank Khalid, Terry said: “It's been incredible, for me there was no one better than to give Lamps the job.
“With Jody [Morris] as well he's got someone who knows and trusts the younger players and worked with them at youth team and U18 level, so it's been a superb mix.
“The expectation has been excellent because the group they've had this year have done really, really well.
“I've been really impressed with the style of play, the capabilities of the younger players coming through and that mix with the likes of Cesar [Azpilicueta] and the experienced ones helping them along the way, giving them support in Frank's first season.
“I’m really pleased to see the lads doing so well.”
Terry has refused to rule out a return to Stamford Bridge as part of Lampard’s staff, although his comments make it clear he is not gunning for Lampard’s job.
Chelsea have struggled defensively this season, conceding 39 goals in 29 Premier League matches, and it has been suggested that Terry could come in to give the rearguard some much-needed direction.
And Blues fans will be delighted to hear that when this was put to the 39-year-old, Terry laughed and said: “One day.”
But Terry has more pressing concerns in his current job right now with Villa mired in the relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.
The Villans have 10 games remaining to turn things around once the coronavirus crisis eases and the Premier League season resumes.
If Terry can help steer the Midlands club to safety, it will surely not go unnoticed and can only help with any job interviews further down the line.