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- He claimed that he doubts he will achieve his dream of returning ‘as manager’
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But as much as Terry might be ‘Mr. Chelsea’ he revealed that he has applied for a number of other clubs since hanging up his boots 2018 at Villa, where he took on the role of assistant for three years.
‘When I left Villa, I applied for two or three jobs; I interviewed for Newcastle, and I interviewed for a couple before that I didn’t get,’ began the 42-year-old on former team-mate John Obi Mikel’s Obi One podcast.
John Terry is one of the biggest legends in Chelsea’s history, having won several honours
Terry was appearing on former team-mate John Obi Mikel’s Obi Wan podcast launch episode
He revealed he interviewed at Newcastle, with Eddie Howe taking the job back in 2021
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Though the Magpies appointed Eddie Howe in 2021 – who has gone on to achieve huge success at St. James’ Park – Terry suggested that there were still huge positives to take from the setback.
‘It was a really good process for me because you sit in those meetings and you go “actually, I’m way off this, I’m glad I didn’t get it” and you learn how to present in those meetings.
‘Initially I didn’t go to League One because I didn’t know a lot about it, I’d never played there. That’s why I ended up in the Championship because I’d played a season there, I’d coached a couple of years and I fully understood the schedule.
‘I applied for two jobs in League One and didn’t get either of them. Interestingly enough, the owners for the teams I applied for told me they wanted to play like Man City. It was interesting, but nobody can play like Man City – Chelsea can’t play like Man City!’
Lower down the pyramid it perhaps comes as a surprise that teams are looking to replicate Pep Guardiola’s intense variation of a vertical tiki-taka tactic.
It relies heavily on defenders being comfortable on the ball, receiving possession inside their own box and looking to pass their way towards the opponent’s penalty area.
Although Terry admitted that he himself was capable on the ball, he claimed he would not have wanted the ball inside his own six-yard box, and revealed he told those clubs that they needed to solidify elsewhere before bringing in such defenders.
However, although believing he had given a good account of himself in the interview process, Terry was ultimately unsuccessful at the unnamed side as a result of his ‘inexperience’ although he admitted the rejection was tough to take.
The defender transitioned to coaching after hanging up his boots at Aston Villa, operating as an assistant manager
Terry claimed that it was his ‘dream’ to one day return and manage his long-term club Chelsea
‘I came away broken from that. What I’ve achieved, if we talk about some of the managers we’ve had at Chelsea, effectively I’m taking a small bit of credit.
‘I’ve managed players, people above me, staff when they’ve not been happy – I’ve done this job for the last 20 years and it’s something that I know I’d be really good at – so it really hurts that I’ve not been given the opportunity in the game.’
Terry was very open about the pain of realising that achieving his post-playing dream ‘was not going to happen’, having promised himself that he would eventually return to Stamford Bridge as a manager but believing that door is now closed.
‘Now I’ve realised it’s not going to happen. My one dream I had when I left Chelsea is that I was going to come back as manager, but now I know it won’t happen. It hurts me and it’ll constantly be niggling away at the back of my mind.’