Bengaluru, October 8: Former England and Chelsea skipper John Terry officially quit playing Football last night and could now become Thierry Henry’s assistant at Aston Villa.
French and Arsenal legend Henry is front-runner to replace Steve Bruce as boss and Terry, who has been without a club since leaving Villa in the summer, is expected to join Henry as his number two.
The ex-England and Chelsea skipper, 37, announced: “After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing.
“I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead.”
Terry’s social media message will intensify the speculation of Henry starting his managerial career at Villa following talks with the Midlands club.
Aston Villa tweeted: “Congratulations on a fantastic career, JT.”
Henry, Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho’s long-term assistant Rui Faria have all been in the frame to replace Bruce.
But Celtic boss Rodgers claimed yesterday: “You can’t rule me out because I’ve never been asked.
“I’m the Celtic manager and I love it. When clubs need a manager there is always a raft of names mentioned.
“It’s a huge club, it’s a Premier League club, great facilities.”
The door now seems wide open for Henry to replace Bruce, who was sacked on October 3 after one win in nine matches.
The former Arsenal hitman is keen to move into club management and is understood to have impressed when he was interviewed by Villa chiefs.
Terry has worked with Villa’s youngsters as part of his UEFA pro licence course and knows the players very well. He also captained the club to last season’s Championship play-off final, where they lost 1-0 to Fulham.