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'Top class': Harry Redknapp raves over Aston Villa man but suggests he moves into Championship

Sam Preston February 3, 2021
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Harry Redknapp feels Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry would be an ideal fit for the managerial vacancy at Bournemouth.

The Cherries, formerly managed by Redknapp, have parted company with Jason Tindall after a poor run of form.

Terry hasn’t taken his first steps into management yet but has seen former England teammates Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney do the same in recent years.

And Redknapp told TalkSPORT he feels Terry moving to the Championship club would be a good move.


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“Given the opportunity, he could be a really top-class manager. If I was a chairman looking for a manager now, John Terry would be top of my list,” Redknapp said.

“He’s at Aston Villa, he may not be interested, I wouldn’t know what his long-term ambitions are, but I’m sure he would want to get into management.

“If you’re going to get into management, I couldn’t think of a better club to take over than Bournemouth.

“It really is a good club, well-run club, good players. It’s all there really for somebody to come in and make a big success of it.”

There’s no suggestion that Terry is on Bournemouth’s shortlist or that he’d even want to go if he was.

He’s onto a good thing at Villa, working in the Premier League and learning from an experienced manager in Dean Smith.

If he does want to be the main man, he’ll have a decision to make at some stage.

But he can cross that bridge when it comes to it. Ironically, Villa and Bournemouth were relegation rivals at the end of last season and have clearly gone in opposite directions since.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.