John Terry

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Chelsea legend John Terry amassed over 700 appearances for The Blues and is a natural leader and winner, which are two key assets that a successful manager requires.

After seeing close friends Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard’s success in their early management career, Terry must be keen to move into management in the near future. He has been an assistant head coach at Aston Villa since 2018 which will have provided the chance to learn from the likes of Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly, and Craig Shakespeare. The former England captain currently holds his UEFA A Licence and is working towards his UEFA Pro Licence which would allow him to work in the top-flight.

Terry would represent a large risk for the Albion board but what makes him a realistic target? Sporting and Technical Director has connections with the Terry family and hired John’s brother Paul – who was charged after breaching FA betting rules – as loan manager.

Terry may not be the most popular appointment amongst the fanbase and his football philosophy is currently unclear, although he would command the respect of the Albion players and knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Face it, he surely wouldn’t be any worse than Pardew.

Although I still firmly believe the best man for the job is Slaven Bilić.