M
SM
Sunday, March 24

Premier League

Tammy Abraham tips John Terry to make a big impact at Aston Villa

PA | 5mo
Abraham and Terry were teammates at Chelsea together.

Tammy Abraham has backed old friend John Terry to help galvanise Aston Villa and admitted they had lost their identity.

The on-loan Chelsea striker knows Terry from their time at Stamford Bridge.

Terry has been appointed joint assistant head coach – along with Richard O’Kelly – to new boss Dean Smith at Villa Park.

The former England captain played for Villa last season, as they lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final to Fulham, and announced his retirement earlier this month with Abraham confident of his abilities in the dugout.

Abraham told Press Association Sport: “Everyone sees him as a leader, he was a great captain and great player. The way he was on and off the pitch, he was always a leader. A lot of players will look up to him.

“Hopefully one day we’ll be seeing him as a first-team manager. He’s got all the qualities to become one.

“He was always so calm and relaxed, he would always encourage but you’d never see him angry. I’d like to see how he is as a manager too!

“When he retired I sent him a nice message and said congrats on retirement and that was the last time we spoke. The next thing I know he’s the assistant manager.

“Even with Chelsea, when I went up to the first team he always welcomed me and took me under his arm.

“I’ve been close to him ever since, before the start of the season he called me and spoke to me about Villa.

“He said how much he enjoyed it and said it would be a good club for me. Now we’re working together, it’s a funny thing.”

Villa have won just once in their last 11 games in all competitions with Smith’s first match at home to Swansea on Saturday.

Boyhood Villa fan Smith signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after arriving from Brentford last week, replacing the sacked Steve Bruce.

Villa are 15th in the Sky Bet Championship and Abraham, preparing for England Under-21s’ final Euro 2019 qualifier in Scotland on Tuesday, feels Smith’s appointment will help stamp a personality on the team.

“I was speaking to Ezri (Konsa) and he said Dean is a great manager, likes to play football, and that’s exactly what Aston Villa need,” said the 21-year-old, who has scored three times this season.

“We have a great team, we just need that confidence and style of play back which I thought we were lacking a bit.

“It’s about them finding a style of play, the team are fantastic players but it just felt like there was something lacking, we don’t know what it was. Hopefully the new manager can bring a change to the team.”



amp_article_338721 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2018-10-16 11:16:40:
html db last update - 2019-03-01 05:56:00 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html

Click here for more stories about John Terry

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.