Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

John Terry will link Aston Villa players and manager, says Danny Higginbotham

John Terry will link Aston Villa players and manager, says Danny Higginbotham

Mikel Obi who now plays in the Chinese Super League (CSL) lined up alongside Terry for several years was among his teammates that celebrated the England centre-backs achievements.

Smith, 47, joined fellow Championship side Aston Villa on Wednesday following nearly three years at Griffin Park.

He has been linked by British media with a managerial role at Villa Park as the number two to former Arsenal and France forward Thierry Henry following the sacking of Steve Bruce on Wednesday, with Villa now struggling in 15th place. He retired from worldwide duty in 2012 amid allegations of him racially abusing Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand, whose brother Rio Ferdinand was Terry's England team-mate and centre-back partner. He is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, with the latter advising Villa in their search for a new manager.

Other candidates include Jose Mourinho's former assistant Rui Faria, & Brentford's head coach Dean Smith, according to the Telegraph.

"He was favourite, 2/1 favourite for a long time", Brazil said of Smith.

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Southgate will be buoyed heading there by the fact that Croatia did not get as much joy in that department as they did in Moscow.

"You are a true captain and a great leader, I'm grateful to have been able to learn from you".

Aston Villa face paying Celtic up to £6million in compensation if they want to make Brendan Rodgers their new manager, Football Insider sources understands. He also missed the 2012 Champions League final, in which the Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties, through suspension.

What's more concerning for Villa is the amount of goals they are leaking so far this season, potentially down to the departure of John Terry over the summer.

"We need someone who can add something to what we are already doing and, at the same time, someone who can build on what has already been built", Ankersen, speaking at a fans' forum, added.

The Bees lie seventh in the table and after nearly three years at Griffin Park, during which time the club has shown year-on-year improvement, he has decided the time is right to take on the challenge of managing a bigger club.

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