Football

Terry is back at Chelsea

31 Dec 2021 | 05:37

The former captain will work as a part-time coach for Chelsea Football Academy, where he matured and made his way up to the first team.

“I am delighted to announce that I will be returning home,” John Terry tweeted on December 29. “I will take on a mentoring role at the Chelsea football academy. I will participate in on-field coaching sessions, coaching discussions and mentoring young players.”

Terry joined the Chelsea Football Academy at the age of 14. This was the launch pad for him to be in the first team three years later. With the first team, Terry became the mainstay, captain, winning five Premier Leagues and one Champions League.

Terry continuously played for Chelsea from 1998 to 2017. After retiring at Aston Villa in 2018, the former England midfielder stayed as an assistant to coach Dean Smith. Terry parted ways with Aston Villa this summer.

Chelsea Football Academy director Neil Bath said: “I am delighted to welcome John back. His experience, both as a world-class player and as assistant manager at Aston Villa, “He will be a great mentor to young players and a great partner to the Chelsea coaching staff.”

When he stepped down as assistant coach at Aston Villa, Terry wanted to coach a number of First Division teams. However, he could not find a suitable offer. Several Second Division teams want to sign Terry, but don’t have convincing enough transfer plans.

At Chelsea, Terry will reunite with some old teammates: Claude Makelele, Carlo Cudicini, Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreire, Tore Andre Flo and Hilario. These former players are taking on the role of goalkeeping coach and technical advisor.