Just a few days after retiring officially as a player, John Terry is back in the game as an assistant coach, sportinglife.ng can report.
Terry secured the post at the club alongside new manager Dean Smith and Jesus Garcia Pitarch (who made his name at Valencia and Atletico Madrid a decade ago) as Sporting Director.
The former Chelsea player had been a strong candidate for the job ever since he officially announced his retirement over the weekend, though initially he was rumored to be joining alongside Thierry Henry.
Henry has stayed as assistant manager for the Belgium national team instead, so Villa went out and hired Dean Smith away from Brentford. Smith, like Terry, was a center back by trade during his playing career (mostly in the third division), but he’s earned himself a reputation for entertaining football.
Villa fans certainly could use a bit of entertaining after a highly disappointing start to the season saw Steve Bruce sacked last week.
Incidentally, if the name Christian Purslow sounds familiar, that’s because he used to be Chelsea’s marketing director. He stepped down from that role last year, about 18 months ago, but returned to working in professional football as Aston Villa’s CEO at the start of this season.