Aston Villa confirm appointment of John Terry as assistant coach

Aston Villa confirm appointment of John Terry as assistant coach | Airnewsonline
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Aston Villa Football Club have confirmed the appointment of Dean Smith as their new head coach, with John Terry named as assistant coach.

Dean Smith
Dean Smith

The Championship club have also brought in Jesus Garcia Pitarch as sporting director to complete an overhaul of their major positions, after sacking Steve Bruce and his backroom staff.

Villa 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 Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.”

Smith is a lifelong Villa fan and has left Brentford to take charge of Villa.

The Bees are currently seventh in the Championship – eight places above Villa – and have placed Thomas Frank in temporary charge as they begin the search for a new boss.

Terry’s appointment as Smith’s No.2 comes less than a week after he announced his retirement as a player.

The Chelsea legend enjoyed a successful campaign at Villa last season after ending his glittering 19-year spell at Chelsea.

Purslow added: “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”.

Pitarch, meanwhile, has been confirmed as Villa’s new sporting director, having held similar roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe,” said Purslow.

“He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”

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