Chelsea legend John Terry has joined Chelsea as a youth coach.
“Terry has announced his return to Chelsea as the club’s youth coach,” British media outlet The Sun reported on Monday (July 8). He shocked fans by returning to Chelsea after Leicester City’s relegation from the English Premier League (EPL).”
Terry played 715 games for Chelsea, including cup competitions. That ranks third on the Blues’ all-time list of appearances. That alone makes him a Chelsea legend. Terry has won tons of trophies with Chelsea. With Chelsea, he reached the top of the EPL five times and won the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and UEFA Europa League (UEL).
Terry began his Chelsea career at West Ham Youth before moving to Chelsea Youth in 1995. Terry signed a professional contract with the Blues in the 1998-99 season at the age of 16, making his debut as a substitute in the League Cup against Aston Villa. He then went out on loan to Nottingham Forest, before establishing himself at Chelsea. When Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea in the 2004-05 season, Terry soared with the Blues.
Chelsea won the EPL title in 2004-05 thanks to a stifling defense. Terry was the centerpiece of the Chelsea defense, literally a “wall” of defense. Chelsea set several records at the time, including 25 league clean sheets, fewest league goals conceded (15), most wins (29), and most points (95). He was also a solid defender at UCL, where he was named UCL’s Best Defender and World’s Best 11.
Terry went on to become one of the best defenders in the world beyond Chelsea and the EPL. Five World Best 11s and three UEFA Defender of the Year awards are testament to how good he was. He was there for Chelsea at the top of their game and in their darkest days. Terry hung up his Chelsea shirt at the end of the 2016-17 season. He played one season with Aston Villa before retiring from the game 메이저사이트 추천.
After retirement, Terry went into coaching. He began by serving as Aston Villa’s head coach. After gaining experience in coaching, he returned to Chelsea in 2021 as a youth coaching consultant. He left Chelsea again midway through last season, heading to Leicester City as part of Dean Smith’s squad. However, he was unable to prevent Leicester City’s relegation. He eventually parted ways with Dean Smith.
Terry came full circle and found himself back in the arms of Chelsea. He was appointed to the Chelsea youth team. “It’s great to be back home and working in the academy,” Terry said on social media. Chelsea fans also welcomed his return, calling him “a captain, a leader, a legend.”