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Aston Villa Appoints John Terry As Coach

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointments of Dean Smith as their new head coach and John Terry as assistant coach.

Villa also announced Jesus Garcia Pitarch has been appointed as the club’s new sporting director.

Smith joins from Brentford, who will receive compensation from Villa. The Bees are currently seventh in the Sky Bet Championship, three points and eight places above Villa.

Terry, 37, moves into coaching after announcing his retirement last week. He spent last season with Villa after 19 seasons at Chelsea.

Capped 78 times by England, Terry recently rejected a chance to play for Spartak Moscow, saying a move to Russia was not right for his family.

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Pitarch formerly held director of football roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid, where he oversaw the signings Jose Antonio Reyes and Diego Forlan.

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