New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has told the club's official YouTube channel that he wants John Terry to be involved in everything he does – and that worried the ex-Chelsea defender.
Villa sacked Steve Bruce earlier this month, and were linked with a host of names to replace him after his two-year stint came to an end.
Thierry Henry and Rui Faria were both heavily linked with the job, but Villa moved to land their new boss last Wednesday night when they landed Smith from Brentford.
As if it wasn't enough that Smith had impressed in charge of Walsall and Brentford, pushing an attractive brand of attacking football in the process, he also has emotional ties to Villa.
Smith grew up supporting Villa as a boy, and has made little secret of the fact that he loves the club, and has now landed his dream role.
Smith is joined by new assistant coach John Terry, who returns to the club having left at the end of his contract over the summer, with the ex-England and Chelsea captain beginning his coaching career.
Terry certainly won't be eased into the role or be given an easy ride, as Smith has told the club's official YouTube channel that he wants Terry to be involved in absolutely everything, and he was unsure at first, but Smith was adamant that he must undertake huge responsibility in order to learn - and added that he already knows of Terry having coached his brother Paul.
“I coached JT’s brother for three years, so I got to know JT through Paul,” said Smith. “When the proposal came from Aston Villa about him wanting to be a coach and wanting to work with me, I spoke to him about it at length. With what he’s done in the game and the coaches that he’s worked under, for him to want to come and work under me is really good for me.”
“I can tap into his knowledge, and he’ll be involved in everything I do, and I’ve told him that. He was a little bit unsure about it, but I want him to be involved - that’s how you learn,” he added.
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