John Terry leaves Aston Villa assistant manager role as Sol Campbell backs Chelsea legend for Swansea job

Sol Campbell says he won’t be surprised if John Terry is appointed Swansea’s next manager.

The Chelsea legend has left his role at Aston Villa and some have linked him with a role at the Championship club who are on the lookout for a new boss after Steve Cooper left by mutual consent last week.

Terry is the bookmakers’ favourite to boss Swansea for the upcoming season

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Terry is the bookmakers’ favourite to boss Swansea for the upcoming season

Some bookmakers have suspended betting on Terry replacing Cooper at the Liberty Stadium in the moments after his Villa Park exit on Monday.

Terry’s reason for ending his three-year spell as Villa’s No.2 was to ‘develop’ his aim of becoming a manager one day.

And former Arsenal star Campbell, who played alongside Terry for England, has backed his former international teammate to do so.

He told talkSPORT: “I totally understand that. If [joining Swansea] does happen, it’s a nice move for him.

“He’s had a number years at Villa playing and coaching-wise. This is probably the next step for him.

Campbell knows Terry well from their time together for England

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Campbell knows Terry well from their time together for England

“Swansea haven’t got a massive budget, but they’ve got a budget. It’s an easy step for Swansea as well.

“They lost their number one target the other day [John Eustace].

“Swansea just missed out on promotion last season. Cooper put a lot of effort into the team and they just fell shy.

“They’re probably looking for that little bit extra. I won’t be surprised if John turns up there.

“He’s a leader. He was an excellent defender. For international games, he was impeccable.

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“He’s been coaching around a top club like Villa, so for me it’s a natural step. Good luck to him if it happens.”

QPR assistant manager Eustace turned down the chance to become Swansea’s new boss on the weekend.

With the Championship season less than two weeks away, the Swans will look to appoint Cooper’s replacement as quickly as possible.

Swansea’s campaign gets underway against Blackburn on August 7.


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