John Terry to be offered coaching role by Chelsea when he finishes playing days
EXCLUSIVE | By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry will be offered either a coaching role or an ambassador’s position at Chelsea when he eventually hangs up his boots.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier on Thursday, Terry has agreed a one-year contract extension which Chelsea have confirmed will extend his spell at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2016.
The Londoners will further assess the 34-year-old’s position in 12 months’ time, but want him to remain at the club irrespective of whether he signs another deal.
Jose Mourinho has said that Terry’s form has been so impressive this season he can continue playing at the top level for a number of years.
The expectation at Chelsea is that their long-standing skipper will be able to play on beyond next season and it is understood that there is no formal agreement built into his new contract for him to joining the coaching staff in the summer of 2016.
However, sources have told Football Insider that when Terry’s playing days are finished he will be offered a role as a coach, possibly working in Chelsea’s youth set-up, or as an ambassador.
The London club are keen to find positions for the key players of the most successful era, with Didier Drogba also expected to stay on at Stamford Bridge when he hangs up his boots.
Terry has signed a second consecutive 12-month deal in line with Chelsea’s policy of awarding new contracts to player over 30.
He has been rewarded for an outstanding season in which he has started all 29 of Chelsea’ Premier League matches, plus 11 other games, and has been a key figure in a campaign that is likely to end with the Londoners adding the league title to their Capital One Cup triumph last month.