John Terry set for surprise Chelsea return

John Terry is set to make a surprise return to Chelsea to take up a youth development role, according to reports.

The former Chelsea captain stepped down as Aston Villa’s assistant head coach in July in order to focus on becoming a manager.

But the 41-year-old has been unable to secure his first managerial job since he ended his playing career just over three years ago.

According to The Athletic, Terry is set to return to Chelsea on a part-time basis and will be working with the club’s academy players.

The report claims that Terry is still holding out for a managerial job in the Championship as he recognises the difficulty in securing a role in the Premier League.

The Athletic also reports that Terry’s strong relationship with Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech, who he played alongside at Stamford Bridge, has aided his return.

Speaking after his departure at Villa, Terry said: ‘I’m always waiting, but the idea was to step away and spend the year with family and see what comes up.

‘You know what it’s like, we’re a month into the season I’m sure jobs will come up and I’m there and waiting and doing what I need to do in the background, but if not, I’m enjoying my time with the family.

‘I love Aston Villa as a football club but I think everyone knew when I went in there I wanted to be a number one and that’s very much at the forefront as I speak.’

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