Eagles star Mikel pays tribute to ex-Chelsea captain Terry

Ross Houston
October 11, 2018

Smith - a lifelong Villa supporter - joins from Championship rivals Brentford and replaces Steve Bruce, who was dismissed on October 3 after a run of one win in nine games left them in the bottom half of the table.

Adomah has struggled for playing time this season and will hope the appointment of a new coach will increase his chances of first-team action.

Henry has been heavily linked with the job, as has Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, and there has been talk of Terry assisting Henry at Villa Park - Terry announced his retirement from playing just four days after Bruce's exit, stirring plenty of speculation.

Terry made 717 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 67 goals, and was widely regarded as one of the best English centre-halves of his generation.

The Villains parted company with Steve Bruce last week after their disappointing start to the Championship campaign, with the Villa faithful never really taking to the former Manchester United defender's defensive style of play - despite steering them to the play-off final a year ago.

Villa's options have narrowed in the wake of Thierry Henry and Rui Faria making it clear that they are not interested in the post, paving the way for Smith to take over at the club he grew up supporting. They managed to achieve the Red Devils' best-ever FIFA World Cup finish three months ago as the team won Bronze in Russian Federation after beating England.

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has applied for the club's vacant manager's position.

Ivory Coast football legend, Didier Drogba has reacted to the retirement of Chelsea legend, John Terry from football.

He was soon made captain and went on to lead his side to five Premier League titles before spending the final season of his illustrious career with Aston Villa in 2017-18.

According to reports in the United Kingdom media, Terry may now pick up a managerial role at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa face paying Celtic up to £6million in compensation if they want to make Brendan Rodgers their new manager, Football Insider sources understands.

Terry will be more than familiar with his surroundings if he is appointed.

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