Former Chelsea captain John Terry retires

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He also spent last season as a player at Villa, leaving after they missed out on promotion with a loss to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.

Several high-profile names such as Rui Faria, Brendan Rodgers and Thierry Henry were linked with the job before Smith, who had been charge of Brentford since November 2015, was confirmed as the new boss.

Aston Villa will need to win more games if they are to stay in the Championship and avoid getting relegated to Leauge One.

However, no official approach was made and the Championship side have chose to go instead with the 47-year-old former Walsall boss. He also missed the 2012 Champions League final, in which the Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties, through suspension.

'"The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff".

Terry constantly attracted the strong backing of Chelsea fans who have a banner at Stamford Bridge which reads, "Captain".




Standing as one of Chelsea's most distinguished and decorated players of all time, Twitter has been full of reaction to Terry's decision to call time on his playing career, with ex-teammate Nathan Ake posting his own message of gratitude.

Purslow believes the new coaching structure will only prove beneficial for the long-term future of the club. "He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team"'.

The Bees will make a statement in the coming days regarding their new appointment, while assistant coach Thomas Frank will take training. He now has one goal and one assist for Chelsea's reserves this season but has been included and training with Chelsea's first-team squad this season, despite the fact that he is yet to make his league debut.

However, O'Kelly is expected to be unveiled shortly as when Smith's managerial career at Upton Park gets underway.

Speaking at a fans' forum on Thursday, Giles said the club do not yet have a detailed plan in place but he is hopeful progress can be made in the coming days.

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