John Terry proving he may be ready for the hot seat

As a player, John Terry won everything.

5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

However, this season he may be celebrating another almighty achievement, promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa as assistant manager to Dean Smith.

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Prior to the Second City derby with neighbours Birmingham City, reported some big enhanced offers for his Villa side and despite troubled scenes involving an attack on the club’s midfielder Jack Grealish, Villa stole the three-points to launch themselves back into promotion contention.

Victory over Nottingham Forest soon after has lifted the Villans to within two points of the playoff places with just nine games to go and more importantly, on form at just the right time.

It has been a turbulent few seasons for Aston Villa since relegation from the Premier League in 2016 with the club almost going bankrupt and painfully missing out on promotion back to the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 playoff final defeat at the hands of Fulham last season.

After leaving the club as a player after that defeat, John Terry was drafted back into the fold as assistant manager to Dean Smith after the former Brentford manager replaced Steve Bruce after his sacking on the 3rd October (nearly two years after taking the reins).

Despite a tetchy start to life in the dugout at Villa Park for Smith and Terry, they have ensured the club has remained in the frame for promotion and if recent performances are anything to go by, Villa look a good bet to snap up an all important top six finish come the end of the regular season.

This season, Terry has witnessed two stalwarts of his generation take centre stage in the management sphere with Steven Gerrard taking over at Rangers (and largely improving the side) and former team mate (and still good friend) Frank Lampard sitting in the hot seat at Derby County.

How ironic it is that John Terry’s Villa sit just two-points behind sixth place Derby in the Championship with the pair embroiled in a playoff position battle.

No doubt Terry is seeing the success his former playing counterparts are having and heeded the call from Smith with the goal of one day stepping into the main managerial chair either at Aston Villa or elsewhere.

So far, like Lampard and Gerrard, things are going well and 38-year-old Terry’s reputation in the dugout is only enhancing.

After years spent captaining the likes of Chelsea and England, there are few better versed in understanding what it takes to lead a dressing room whilst having the trophies to detract from any minor discrepancies of the past.

Should Aston Villa fail to reach the playoffs and then earn promotion through that particular lottery, the Villa hierarchy may consider making another managerial change with Terry first in line.

Football is a funny old business but John Terry’s first-hand experience under Dean Smith is proving a crucial first step on the road to management.

Expect to see Terry following Gerrard and Lampard into the hot seat sooner rather than later.