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22nd Jul 2018

John Terry set to retire and could be given Sky Sports pundit role

John Terry could be set for a television role after calling it a day

Wayne Farry

John Terry

The former Chelsea captain is set to call time on his career

John Terry is reportedly set to retire from professional football, and Sky Sports are said to be keen to tempt the former Chelsea captain to the network with the offer of a role as pundit.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Terry has decided to call time on his career, one year after dropping down to the Championship with Aston Villa, reportedly to avoid playing against Chelsea.

It had been rumoured that Terry would have stayed at Villa Park providing they had gained promotion to the Premier League, with speculation rife about a clause sparing him from playing against Chelsea in the event they returned to the top flight.

However, the Villains’ Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham spelled the end of any hopes of Terry staying on, with Aston Villa’s financial situation preventing them from keeping the 37-year-old at the club.

While Terry is said to have managerial ambitions and would like to follow the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into management, his next role could be that of a pundit with Sky Sports.

The television network was left with a gaping hole in their punditry line up this week when it emerged that Thierry Henry had left his role to focus on management; a situation which has prompted them to go for Terry.

Terry spent close to 20 years at Chelsea, where he led the club to through the most successful period in its history, winning five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.