By Alan Hutton

28th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Hutton suggests Aston Villa cult hero may be promoted after Terry exit

Alan Hutton has suggested Aston Villa could promote Mile Jedinak into the first-team coaching setup following John Terry’s departure.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa full-back insisted Dean Smith would be in no rush to fill the void left by the ex-England powerhouse.

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

The 40-year-old revealed he had taken the decision to ensure he is available to pursue a potential manager’s job.

Smith still has former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare as his right-hand man.

However, Hutton suggested Villa cult hero Jedinak, who was appointed loan player development coach back in March, could be moved into the senior setup.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think he’ll take his time. I don’t think there’s any need to rush.

“Obviously Shakespeare is there at the moment, he took the team at the Walsall game when Smith was isolating. A wealth of experience, he’s been around the block.

“So I don’t think there’s any real need or rush to rush into anything.

You’ve obviously got the likes of Mile Jedinak who’s with the club at the moment who will maybe eye a little step up to the first team. We’ll have to monitor that one.

“I don’t think there’s any need to rush into anything.

Dean Smith will know it’s a big blow but he’s got a wealth of experience with Shakespeare there so no rush at the moment.”

Jedinak made 80 appearances across a three-year spell at Villa Park.

He was a key member of the squad who reached two successive Championship play-off finals.

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