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John Terry has stepped down from his position as assistant manager of Aston Villa.

The Chelsea legend first took up the role after spending a year as a player at the club between 2017-18, helping them win promotion to the Premier League alongside Dean Smith.

But he has been linked with a number of managerial roles in recent months, and appears ready to take the next step.

A statement from the club read: "Aston Villa can confirm that John Terry has left the club. Thank you and all the best for the future, JT."

Terry himself added: “It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on.

John Terry has left Aston Villa
(Image: PA)

"I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through.

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.

"It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.

“I would like to thank Christian Purslow and our owners, Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, for believing in me and giving me the opportunity.

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"And I will forever be indebted to the Gaffer for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at such a wonderful club. I have loved every minute of it and learnt so much.

“I can’t thank Dean enough for the support and guidance he has provided me with and I’m sure he will continue to lead the club from strength to strength.

“Finally, I would also like to thank all the players and staff and wish them all the very best for the season ahead and say a huge thank you to the wonderful Aston Villa fans for their support.”

Terry has been linked with the likes of Sheffield United and Bournemouth in the past, but eventually nothing came of it.

And it will be intriguing to see where he eventually ends up as he looks to follow his close friend and former teammate Frank Lampard into management.