John Terry has revealed his ‘end goal’ is to manage Chelsea and declared he would ‘never’ take the Tottenham job.
The Blues icon, who captained the west London club to five Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, is currently assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa.
And in a wide-ranging interview with The Times on Saturday, Terry revealed he turned down two offers from ‘decent-sized clubs’ to take his first step into management.
“My ambition is very, very clear,” he told the newspaper. “There’s an end goal for me and that’s managing Chelsea Football Club. My team will be winning — hopefully — very honest, very organised, very well drilled, very well prepared and with a back four.
“I look at Lamps [Frank Lampard] and Stevie [Gerrard] and the success they’ve both had. Lamps in his first season at Chelsea, and what Stevie’s done up at Rangers is unbelievable. l probably wasn’t ready to go into coaching then. I am now. But I’m not just going to jump into anything. I’ve turned down two jobs since I’ve been here.
“Decent-sized clubs. But it’s going to take something special for me to leave here. I’ve got one more year left at Villa. I’m in a privileged position because I’m in no rush. I want to be a No 1 but I’ll get there at some point.”
Spurs are on the hunt for a new permanent manager this summer after Jose, with Ryan Mason taking over on a temporary basis when Mourinho was sacked in April.
And Terry is adamant there is no chance of him ever following Mourinho by taking a post at Tottenham given his affiliation with Chelsea.
“Never take it,” he added. “Never. Spurs is the only one I wouldn’t take. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be welcome at West Ham too.”