By Danny Wright
Aston Villa have confirmed John Terry will be the club’s new captain ahead of next season – and supporters on Twitter gave a mixed reaction to the news.
The West Midlands club announced the key decision with a post on their official Twitter account on Saturday ahead of a pre-season friendly clash with Shrewsbury.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 15, 2017
Terry won a plethora of major honours during his 19 years with Chelsea, and was a Premier League winner on five occasions – making him one of the most successful top-flight captains in the history of English football.
There’s no doubt that it’s a key decision from Villa boss Steve Bruce to hand Terry to captaincy, as he had only just moved to Villa Park and replaced Tommy Elphick as the club’s leader.
As Elphick struggled for form last season, he soon found himself cast out of Bruce’s plans and the armband was handed to James Chester, who showed great leadership qualities for the club as they avoided a relegation battle.
Aston Villa fans are very mixed with the news though, while most believe Chester should have been handed the armband as another one pointed out that he hopes Terry doesn’t turn out to be “another Elphick”.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Hope he's not another elphick
— Keaton (@keatongibbs00) July 15, 2017
Surprised if I'm honest. Thought Chester would keep it from a long term point of view.
— craig (@stansleftpeg) July 15, 2017
— RG (@ffsavfc) July 15, 2017
Love it love it love it
— Birkirs beard (@UpTheVilla1874) July 15, 2017
I hope Chester doesn't feel bad, there is absolutely no shame losing the armband to one of the greatest leaders ever in football #avfc
— Sam Crawford (@samcrawford23) July 15, 2017
Very disappointed here why make him captain when he may only be here for a year!!! Chester was doing a good job as it was ????
— Tom Butler (@Butty1983) July 15, 2017
Big fan of this, people are saying it could hurt Chester? When he has John Terry's credentials then you can moan. #avfc
— Andy Brennan (@absilver0505) July 15, 2017
That's bad. Chester was great. Make him vice captain.
— Shaun Sidaway (@ShaunySidaway) July 15, 2017
Terry is regarded as a legend at Chelsea and is no doubt a major coup for Villa, who struggled in the Championship last season.
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