John Terry has returned to Chelsea to take up an academy coaching consultancy role, the club has confirmed.
Terry began his professional career at Chelsea way back in 1998 and went on to establish himself among the greatest players to ever grace the Stamford Bridge turf.
He left at the end of his final contract in 2017 and retired a year later after a brief spell at Aston Villa, but has now retraced his steps as he continues to earn his stripes as a coach. After retiring as a player, Terry spent a few years at Aston Villa as an assistant coach alongside Dean Smith, leaving his post this past summer, and he’s been out of work since.
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Chelsea announced that Terry will begin his part-time consultancy role at the club in January. The 41-year-old has been spending a lot of time around the club’s Cobham training centre in recent months and will now contribute to the growth of the Blues’ youth development program.
Terry reacted by posting a trio of blue heart emojis on Twitter, while Chelsea’s head of youth development Neil Bath has told the club’s official website of his appointment: “We are delighted to be welcoming John back to Cobham in a role that will involve coaching and mentoring the next generation of young players in our Academy.”
Bath continued, “It goes without saying that John’s experience in the game, both as a world-class player and more recently as an assistant coach in the Premier League, will be invaluable for everyone in the building. He will be a great mentor for our players and a fantastic asset to our coaching staff. We can’t wait for him to get started.”
Terry’s Chelsea legacy
Terry made 713 appearances for Chelsea during his 19-year stay at Stamford Bridge, which puts him third in the club’s all-time list behind Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti.
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The former defender also managed to score 67 goals and provide 29 assists while becoming the most successful captain in Blues history.
Terry won 17 trophies in total with Chelsea, including five Premier League titles, one Champions League and five FA Cups.