John Terry is about to participate in his first game following his dismissal from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea coaching staff.
Dean Smith, the former manager of Aston Villa, is getting ready to take over as interim manager of Leicester City, and he’s going to add Chelsea veteran John Terry to his coaching team. Once the 44-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge for a second stint as manager, Terry was rumored to be interested in a job alongside Frank Lampard. But, it now seems that Terry will stay in the Midlands for his new position.
Brendan Rodgers’ replacement at the King Power Stadium, Smith, is anticipated after concerns over the prospective arrival of former Leeds coach Jesse Marsch were raised.
After parting ways with Smith at Villa Park in 2021 to pursue his own manager’s position, Terry is reportedly going to reconcile with Smith at relegation-threatened Leicester. According to The Sun.
Craig Shakespeare, the former manager of Leicester City who succeeded Claudio Ranieri in 2019 after Lampard reportedly chose against bringing Terry in to be a member of his own backroom team at Chelsea, will serve as his assistant coach alongside him.
Graham Potter was fired by Todd Boehly after only six months in command, and Lampard has been designated interim manager until the end of the current campaign.
Ashley Cole, Joe Edwards, and Chris Jones have returned to the club as assistant coaches for the all-time leading scorer, which has led some supporters to ask for legendary former captain Terry to rejoin the team and help Lampard calm the ship following a tumultuous season at Stamford Bridge.
Some fans openly opposed Terry’s return as a coach, while others were angry. The 42-year-old, in response, labeled the claim as “nonsense” on Twitter.
He tweeted on his official account, “Also fantastic news for everyone at Chelsea to have Lamps back.” “I understand how this operates; Frank has his crew, and if I had a job, I’d have mine. I won’t put up with foolish talk.
The former center-back, who had been serving in a part-time capacity with Chelsea’s academy, has admitted that he has all but given up on his goal of managing a first-team squad and that he would only emerge from managerial “retirement” if his previous team came knocking.
That suggests he would have been eager to accept the position prior to Lampard being chosen by Boehly to serve as manager through the end of the current campaign, but his close friend has managerial experience with Derby and Everton in addition to his 18-month stint at Stamford Bridge, while Terry has not yet accepted a first-team manager position.
And it appears that he will have to wait yet another time before playing for Leicester, who are presently 19th in the Premier League. He spent 22 years playing for his childhood club after graduating from the club’s academy.