By Alan Hutton

28th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Alan Hutton: Aston Villa are reeling at 'absolutely huge loss' of Terry

Alan Hutton has admitted Aston Villa have been dealt a “huge blow” with the departure of John Terry.

The former Villa full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 40-year-old’s experience would be a “huge loss” for Dean Smith and the squad.

Villa confirmed on Monday (July 26th) Terry had left his post as assistant head coach.

The former defender confirmed he had departed Villa Park wit hthe view of becoming a manager himself.

Terry initially joined Villa in 2017 as a player and returned in 2018 as part of Smith’s coaching staff.

Hutton admitted he would be a big miss for the Villans.

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“It’s a huge blow, it really is,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Obviously I’ve played with him, I’ve worked under him, I know exactly what he gives. He really takes charge of the defensive unit and he’s hands-on.

“He gets right in amongst it, especially when it comes to the other side of it, the analysis. Getting the boys individually, trying to make them better.

“He made me a better player at 34-years-old so what can he do for a young kid coming through?

“Smith’s losing a lot of experience. But I did kind of see it coming at some point.

He’s never hidden the fact he wants to step out on his own and be a number one if the right challenge came about.

“I knew it would come. Obviously, reading his words and everything he said, he didn’t feel it would be right for him to start the season and not finish it.

“Fair play to him for coming out and doing it at the moment. An absolutely huge loss. Not just to Dean Smith but the club in general.”

In other news, Aston Villa in fight with Everton to blow each other away to sign Premier League winger.