Robinson delivers 'huge' Terry verdict after Aston Villa exit confirmed
John Terry’s voice and knowledge will be “hugely missed” by Aston Villa next season, according to Paul Robinson.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, who played with Terry for England, exclusively to Football Insider that the 40-year-old is almost irreplaceable on Dean Smith’s coaching staff given his standing in the game.
The Midlands club confirmed on Monday that Terry has stepped down from his role as Dean Smith’s assistant manager.
It is believed the ex-Chelsea captain decided to leave the club to better his chances of becoming a manager.
Terry spent a total of four years at Villa Park as a player and coach.
Robinson suggested the club may appoint a new assistant in the mould of Newcastle United’s Graeme Jones.
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“He will definitely leave a big hole there because he will have been such a big character in the dressing room,” he told Football Insider.
“I am not privy to his coaching or what he brought on a daily basis to Villa but knowing John he will be missed in the dressing room. He brings a certain respect in the dressing room given his experience.
“When a player of that calibre walks into a dressing room they have a major impact. It works both ways though so his voice and his knowledge will now be hugely missed.
“Can Dean Smith replace that? I highly doubt it. There are very few of John Terry’s ilk.
“Dean Smith may go for an experienced coach instead of an ex-player with a glittering career, the likes of Graeme Jones. It will be interesting to see what he does.”