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John Terry ‘keen’ on shock manager role at Championship club

John Terry is said to be ‘keen’ on taking up a shock manager role at Championship club with pressure heavily on their current boss.

The former Chelsea defender is reportedly interested in the Nottingham Forest manager’s job, should current boss Chris Hughton face the axe.

The 62 year old is under severe pressure already after a dismal start to the new second tier season at the City Ground has seen Forest pick up just one point from their opening five league matches.

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Former Aston Villa assistant manager Terry and ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder are now being linked with the position should it become vacant, with claims that the five-time Premier League winner is wanting the role.

The ex-Chelsea captain left his assistant role at Villa earlier this summer, openly stating that his desire to become a manager himself was the reason behind his departure.

40 year old Terry would be returning to familiar surroundings should he get the job, after he enjoyed a short loan spell at the East Midlands outfit back in 2000, where he played six times.

Current Forest boss Hughton will certainly not give up his job without a fight though, despite his failure to lift his side back towards the top of the Championship table since taking over in October 2020.

Should he fail to earn a positive result at home to Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon (2:30pm kick off) though, his fate could be sealed.

He left in the summer, looking to kickstart his coaching career with a top job somewhere.

“I’m always waiting, but the idea was to step away and spend the year with family and see what comes up,” Terry said in an interview with Sky Sports earlier this week.

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“You know what it’s like, we’re a month into the season. I’m sure jobs will come up and I’m there and waiting and doing what I need to do in the background, but if not, I’m enjoying my time with the family.

“I love Villa as a football club but I think everyone knew when I went in there I wanted to be a number one and that’s very much at the forefront as I speak.”

The 40-year-old has labelled managing Chelsea his “end goal” and ruled out EVER becoming the boss of Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United, 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 when with Villa, 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 said when being linked on the vacant Tottenham job before that went to Nuno Espirito Santo: “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.”

In July 2021, John Terry spoke of his decision to leave Aston Villa, saying: “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.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim 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.”

Fans reacted with John Terry said to be ‘keen’ on a shock manager role at Championship club Nottingham Forest…

@jason_bearder: Lol no thanks. Lampard would do a better job than him

@Chunk_The_Monk: Yes all the way, had few yrs under smith and surely contacts at chelsea

@henjohansen1: A big fat NO THANKS!

@AshRobbo11: It has to be Chris wilder


@Kal1969Wayne: Eddie Howe all day long for me. And tbh I bet Nffc have somebody already in place

@JaSevern: Hell No!!

@Erminator: Players wont be inviting there other half to the ground

@de_Trooper666: No, no, no!!

@Paul67904771: Prefer wilder over terry tbh

@OptimisticNFFC: Noooooooo thank you very much #NFFC

@1966Jonty: Don’t want him, he has no experience whatsoever, not what we need atm, if CH goes there are at least 2 managers (Wilder and Cooper) that would be far better options.

@Bossloper: Not a good look to replace one of the few black managers in the game by a man found guilty of racially abusing another player by the FA.

@Bossloper: They have just let the manager buy a whole lot of new players, you have to give the manager three months to work with them. Forest turn over of managers is crazy.

@MrDanielMcDona1: I rather have Billy Davies back before Terry

@Guy_Smith: He’s at the right stage of his playing career for a typical Forest signing tbf

@Jarvalho1: Taking an inexperienced and vile bloke like Terry when a proven manager in Wilder is available is such a Forest thing to do I’m convinced it’ll happen.

@andyhamill1: If this should EVER happen, I’m afraid I would never step foot inside the City Ground until he was gone.

@fattony81: Please god no #nffc

@1wozza: I think I would consider not supporting Forest if they put that scummy racist in charge.

@LoyalRed21: As much as I want Hughton gone, it’s a big risk to bring a totally unproven manager in especially when we’re in a relegation battle. Worked for Roy Keane at Sunderland but I’d prefer someone who’s at least managed and has some record to fall back on, personally

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