John Terry-Will a great player make a great coach?

After a career spanning over 20 years, former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from Football and moved into coaching at Aston Villa.

Terry will be working under new Villa boss Dean Smith for the 2018/19 season.

But will a great player make a great coach?

Making his debut in October 1998, the academy graduate went on to make 492 appearances for Chelsea, winning five Premier leagues, four FA cups, three League cups, the Champions League and Europa League.

Zidane won 3 Champions league titles in a row (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

The 37-year old joins the line of former players who have moved into coaching,following the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry.

Having worked with many managers, like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, he has experienced many managerial styles first-hand.

He can learn from the memories of the managers and his experience as captain as he now becomes a coach. FourFourTwo writer Chris Flanagan believes “it certainly will, there’s no doubt about that”.

Players going into management have seen varying levels of success over the years.

Former Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane became Head coach of the Spanish side in 2016 and won three Champions league titles in a row, the first to achieve this. The award for Best FIFA Men’s Coach was awarded to Zidane in 2017.

Gary Neville was sacked as Valencia Head coach after just 3 league wins (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

On the other hand, there are many players who didn’t make it in coaching.

Gary Neville took charge of Valencia in December 2015, after working as a coach for England.

The former Manchester United defender played his entire career under Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest managers in the game.

However,this experience didn’t help Neville as he was sacked in March 2015 after three wins from 16 league games.

On Neville and Zidane, Flanagan said “if you’ve played at the highest level and worked with the great managers, that can help but it’s not always a given”.

Despite having similarly successful careers, there was an enormous gap between Zidane and Neville in management, proving that great players don’t always make great managers.

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