John Terry bids farewell to Chelsea

Chelsea legend among the favourites to replace Antonio Conte

Chelsea return

John Terry is one of the favourites to replace Antonio Conte, should the Chelsea boss decide to quit the club or be let go by the board.

Terry, along with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti – who is of course out of work after being sacked by Bayern Munich – are leading the list put together by bookies.

That’s according to the Express, who think John Terry would be in the frame to take over should Conte leave for AC Milan – or get sacked.

It would be a huge call for Chelsea – appointing an unproven manager to lead a side who won the title last season – and many sceptics may feel the bookies are getting a bit carried away with themselves there.

Management goals

When he signed for Aston Villa, Terry was asked about his future management goals, and said: “I think that’s a goal for all of us, me and Lamps [Frank Lampard] have had those conversations. 

“Do you dream too big? I don’t think you ever can. I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management, then Chelsea’s the one and obviously in an ideal world that would be incredible. 

“But I do realise as well that you can’t go in at somewhere like Chelsea as your first job. You need to go and learn, whether that’s in the academy like Stevie [Gerrard] is doing.

“It’s difficult to get jobs. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would get. So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”

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