Former Aston Villa and Chelsea defender John Terry has dropped a major hint that he is preparing to take the job at Villa Park.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after announcing his retirement, as reported by the Belfast Telegraph, Terry confirmed that he is ready to enter the world of management.

While he played down the links to Aston Villa, Terry failed to hide his intentions to get in the dugout.

It’s an ambition of mine and has been for a long time. I have ambitions and aspirations to go and be a coach or a manager in the long run but I am taking time to reflect, which is the most important thing for me after recently coming to the decision to retire.

I am ready for the next chapter in my life and hopefully it bring at least half the success I had as a player. I’m excited, you’re along time retired and I am ready for the next step – whatever that may be.

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Terry has been heavily linked with the Villa job, while there were also suggestions he could join as a number two.

When both Thierry Henry and Rui Faria were linked with the job, Terry was being tipped to join as their number two, but it now appears he could take the main job himself.

He was heavily linked with a return to the club after leaving as a player during the summer but instead opted to hang up the boots in order to focus on his coaching career.