Former Chelsea captain John Terry is currently assistant head coach to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, but he has made no secret of his desire to become a manager.
Terry has revealed that he has already turned down approaches from two “decent-sized clubs” because he is “in no rush”.
The 40-year-old has labelled managing Chelsea his “end goal” and ruled out ever becoming Tottenham or West Ham boss, saying “Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take” and that he “wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham” either.
In an interview with the Times, Terry said: “My ambition is very, very clear. There’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club.
“My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four.
“I look at Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Stevie [Gerrard] and the success they’ve both had. Lamps in his first season at Chelsea, and what Stevies done up at Rangers is unbelievable.
“l probably wasn’t ready to go into coaching then. I am now. But I’m not just going to jump into anything. I’ve turned down two jobs since I’ve been here [at Villa].
“Decent-sized clubs. But it’s going to take something special for me to leave here. I’ve got one more year left at Villa. I’m in a privileged position because I’m in no rush. I want to be a No 1 but I’ll get there at some point.”
Terry added of the vacant Tottenham job: “Never take it. Never. Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham too.”
Speaking back in February, Smith was asked about Terry’s future at the club amid reported interest from the likes of Bournemouth and Celtic.
“I’ve always said right from the outset that John Terry came here to learn about coaching, and he’s become a very, very good assistant manager to myself,” Smith replied.
“But ultimately, he’s come in to learn the trade to ultimately become a number one. He wants to go into management but there’s got to be a right time and the right club for him, and likewise it has to be the right time for Aston Villa as well.
“JT has been part of that conversation all the way through, so we are pretty cool on it.”