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What’s next for Chelsea legend John Terry and the decision Frank Lampard will have to make

John Terry is destined to return to Stamford Bridge one day.

The Chelsea legend is currently assistant head coach at Aston Villa under Dean Smith and for the first time in his career his focus is on matters at the bottom of the Premier League.

Terry, 39, won five Premier League titles during a 22-year association with Chelsea in which he made 717 appearances.

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When Frank Lampard and Jody Morris returned to Chelsea last summer, many expected Terry to follow suit.

However, the former Chelsea captain instead signed a new contract at Villa Park and continues to work alongside Smith and fellow assistant Richard O’Kelly.

Speaking last June, Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said: “The board of Aston Villa is delighted with John Terry’s contribution to our club in his first year as an assistant head coach.

“We admire his dedication and commitment to gaining more experience and learning under Dean Smith’s leadership in these formative years of his managerial career.”

Despite his commitment to Villa, Terry has never hidden his desire to return to Chelsea. In March, during an interview with YouTuber Frank Khalid, Terry once more admitted his hope of join Lampard in the dugout ‘one day’.

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But how is Terry’s coaching career progressing?

A quick glance at the table does little to endorse Terry’s work, with Villa crippled by the worst defensive record in the Premier League. Villa’s defence, which is primarily coached by former centre-back Terry, has shipped 56 goals in just 28 games.

Villa have kept just four clean sheets and face at least three more shots per game than any other Premier League team on average.

Terry was often commended for his defensive work from set pieces during his playing days but the team he coaches has conceded a league high 14 goals from corners and free-kicks this…

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