Ray Parlour tips John Terry for Championship job to emulate fellow Chelsea icon Frank Lampard amid Swansea links

Ray Parlour has backed John Terry to follow in Frank Lampard’s managerial footsteps.

Terry has been heavily linked to the Swansea job since leaving his role as Aston Villa’s No.2 on Monday.

Terry is looking to ‘develop’ his aim of becoming a manager

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Terry is looking to ‘develop’ his aim of becoming a manager

The Chelsea legend has admitted he wants to pursue his aim of becoming a manager one day.

And former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Terry could be a success in the Championship if he is financially backed.

He told talkSPORT: “It would have to be somewhere with ambition, you’ve always got to be backed from the board.

“Look at the mess Derby are in at the moment, if you’re managing Derby it must be a very, very stressful job because you’ve got no players.

“It needs to be a club that wants to go forward, wants to build and an owner to say, ‘we’ll back you’.

“Sometimes it won’t work out for managers, but if it does then John Terry, with all his experience and medals he’s won during his career, it could be brilliant.”

Terry’s former Chelsea and England teammate Lampard started his managerial career with Derby in the Championship before leaving after a season to boss Chelsea.

Terry and Lampard remain close after being Chelsea and England teammates

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Terry and Lampard remain close after being Chelsea and England teammates

Lampard’s tenure at Stamford Bridge lasted just 18 months when he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January.

Parlour insists Terry would benefit from bossing a Championship club before thinking about a top-flight job.

He said: “I’ve seen my old teammate Patrick [Vieira] go to the Premier League, but he’s had a bit more experience managing other clubs.

“If a job came up in the Premier League and an owner thought, ‘John Terry’s the man’. I’m sure he would surely look at it.

“When Frank went from Derby to Chelsea, it was too hard to turn down because he is Chelsea and an absolute legend there. He had to make that move.

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“But would he have done better with a year or two more in the Championship? Just to learn a little bit more about the game because you’re with different players, a bit more experienced players in the Premier League who have bigger egos.

“So it’s how to handle those guys as well, but John Terry will look at every situation.

“If a Championship club comes up and have lots of ambition to get to the Premier League, he’d definitely take it.”


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