McAvennie shares 'shock' as surprise Terry departure hands Aston Villa fresh blow
Frank McAvennie was left surprised after Aston Villa confirmed John Terry has left his role as assistant manager.
The former Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted his departure is a blow to the club with the season just weeks away.
On Monday, the Midlands club confirmed Terry would step down from his role as assistant manager to Dean Smith.
The Chelsea legend had been at Villa since October 2018 with the club’s performances improving since.
Last season the Villains fell away from a potential European challenge but still finished in 11th place, well clear of the relegation zone.
McAvennie insists the timing of Terry’s departure is strange with the new Premier League season starting soon.
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“It was inevitable he was going to move, it’s a blow,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s always made it known he wants to be a manager.
“He will have learned so much from Dean Smith, it was a great decision to move to Villa in the first place.
“I know a lot of people who have taken that step. They have been an assistant then maybe gone to Europe for a job.
“Everything he’s said has been the right thing. It’s just a bit surprising how quickly it’s happened. There wasn’t even a hint.
“The season is so close as well, it’s an odd time to do it. I’m shocked.
“I wish him all the best though, hopefully he can do a Steven Gerrard and find success.”
Terry confirmed his aspirations to become a manager in his final interview as Villa’s assistant manager.
As yet, his replacement has not been named.