Chelsea legend John Terry has left his role as an assistant manager of Aston Villa after three years at the club.
In a statement on Villa’s website, the 40-year-old said that he wants to concentrate fully on the next step of his managerial career.
“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on.
“I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through.”
Terry admitted that he would be visiting clubs and managers around Europe to develop his goal and objective of becoming a manager.
“It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.
For his part, Villa boss Dean Smith said: “I’m disappointed to lose John as part of my coaching staff but fully understand and respect his decision.
“John has played a huge role in the success the club has enjoyed over the last few years and has been very supportive to me throughout that period. I have no doubts he will go on to be a first-class manager in his own right and wish him well for the future.”
The former England defender joined Villa from Chelsea on a one-year contract as club captain in 2017, playing 32 games in the season.
He then returned to the club a year later, becoming assistant head coach of Dean Smith’s coaching team.
Terry helped Smith guide Villa to Premier League promotion in 2019. Villa survived relegation in the 2019/20 season and finished 11th last season.