John Terry says that the hard work now starts again after putting pen to paper on a contract extension that will see him remain at Aston Villa until 2021.
Our Assistant Head Coach was handed his first coaching role in October 2018 when he was appointed alongside Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly, tasked with achieving’s the club’s goal of promotion back to the top flight of English football.
It was also a return to a familiar environment for the former Chelsea defender, who spent the final season of his illustrious and trophy-laden playing career with Villa in 2017/18, skippering the side to the Play-Off Final at the end of that campaign.
Now finding himself on the other side of the whitewash as part of the team conducting proceedings from the dugout, the ex-England captain added another happy Wembley memory to his collection as Villa triumphed 2-1 against Derby County to seal a return to the Premier League last month.
Terry has expressed his gratitude to Head Coach Dean Smith for the opportunity to work with him.
He said: “I’m delighted that I have extended my contract at Aston Villa Football Club.
“I’m very thankful to the club and to the gaffer, Dean Smith for giving me the opportunity to work with him and learn from him day-in, day-out.”
A popular figure in the dressing room as a player at Villa Park, Terry also paid tribute to the current Villa vintage and declared that, after a memorable day in London a few weeks ago, the focus is fully on the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
He added: “I’m also very thankful for all the players and the staff and, of course, the supporters for last season.
“What a great season it was which ended in promotion at Wembley. However, the hard work starts again now. We’re back in the Premier League where we belong.”