Aston Villa have confirmed that John Terry has stepped down from his role as assistant manager with immediate effect.
Terry joined Villa back in 2017 as a player before hanging up his boots at the end of the campaign and transitioning to a backroom role under Dean Smith.
The duo enjoyed three successful years together, leading Villa back to the Premier League and establishing them in the top flight, but the club took to their official website to confirm that Terry had chosen to step down to spend more time with his family.
“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on," he said. “I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through.
“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.
“It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.
"I would like to thank Christian Purslow and our owners, Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity. And I will forever be indebted to the Gaffer for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at such a wonderful club. I have loved every minute of it and learnt so much. I can’t thank Dean enough for the support and guidance he has provided me with and I’m sure he will continue to lead the club from strength to strength.
“Finally, I would also like to thank all the players and staff and wish them all the very best for the season ahead and say a huge thank you to the wonderful Aston Villa fans for their support.”
Terry impressed at Villa with his defensive training drills, which have been hailed for helping the development of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konza, and he has even been tentatively linked with an immediate step-up to management, although that appears unlikely at this point. He has previously spoken of his ultimate dream of managing Chelsea.
Smith added: “I’m disappointed to lose John as part of my coaching staff but fully understand and respect his decision.
“John has played a huge role in the success the club has enjoyed over the last few years and has been very supportive of myself throughout that period. I have no doubts he will go on to be a first-class manager in his own right and wish him well for the future.”