Former English defender John Terry has been appointed as the new assistant coach of Aston Villa under new manager Dean Smith
Terry hung up his boots this past Sunday, but before then had played with Villa last season.
Jesus Garcia Pitarch was also announced as Villa’s new director of football
Speaking on the overhaul at the club, Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow said: “These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.
“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.
He also spoke on John Terry’s appointment, “John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.
“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the Under-23s and into the first-team.”
Terry joins an ever-growing list of English players from his generation in management positions with Steven Gerard as the manager of Rangers and Frank Lampard as the manager of Derby County