'If that is what he wants, no problem': Bruce delivers verdict on future of Aston Villa defender
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has discussed the possibility of John Terry starting his coaching career at Villa Park, hinting that he would allow the former Chelsea man to join his staff.
Terry, whose one-year-contract is set to run out in the summer, is yet to make a decision regarding his future, but Bruce is keen to keep the former England international at Villa Park even if he is not playing.
Speaking in a press conference, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail, the former Hull City manager stated that he is open to the idea of Terry joining his coaching staff.
“I hope he stays here,” said Bruce. “If he wants to do coaching he can come and be part of our coaching team.
“If that is what he wants, no problem.”
Terry has been a mainstay when fit for Bruce’s Villans, playing 22 times for the Championship club in the back four.
The former Champions League winner has formed an impressive centre-half pairing with James Chester, leading to Villa being in the automatic play-off spots behind Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There is an option to extend his current contract for another year, but it is thought that this will not happen until Villa know their fate for next season.
However, this is something that is not controlled by Bruce, who think that the player himself will have the final say regarding his own future.
“It is pointless at the moment to even talk about it. John will be the one who decides his own destiny.
“Whatever he decides to do I hope he decides to be a coach here.”
In other Aston Villa news, this in-form attacker is holding out for a bumper new deal in the summer.