John Terry makes huge hint amid links to joining Frank Lampard’s caretaker Chelsea backroom staff
John Terry has hinted he won’t be joining Frank Lampard’s coaching staff at Chelsea following his appointment until the end of the season.
Lampard’s return on a caretaker basis for their final nine Premier League fixtures and Champions League matches was confirmed on Thursday, four days after head coach Graham Potter was fired after 31 games in charges.
Chelsea are still looking for a permanent manager but will be managed by Lampard and his coaching staff, who will take charge of their first game on Saturday afternoon against Wolves at Molineux.
It’s been previously reported that Ashley Cole, Joe Edwards, Chris Jones and Paul Clement will all join the 44-year-old in the dugout for the remainder of the season.
However, Lampard was unable to confirm his backroom team in his first press conference back as head coach since his January 2021 sacking.
“I can’t at this point,” was Lampard’s response when asked if he could confirm his coaching staff.
Many have wanted John Terry to return with the former midfielder following his admission of one day taking a first-team job at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to snooker legend Stephen Hendry, Terry admitted: “I’m done from a managerial point of view. The only job I’d come out of retirement for would be the Chelsea job, to be involved in some capacity in the first team.”
However, it looks like Terry won’t be joining Lampard’s team after he wished his former teammate well with the job.
Writing on Twitter, the 42-year-old wrote: “Good luck mate.”
It’s been largely positive response following Lampard’s return to west London. However, there has been some mixed reaction to him coming back to Chelsea.
Lampard had a message for all of the club’s fans, regardless of which side they were on, insisting he would create a team they would be proud of for the final two months of the season.
He admitted: “I’m very thankful for the ones that are delighted. If there are some that are not delighted they can know that I will do my utmost to get the team to where I want it to be and give them a team that they’re proud of.
“I don’t think I need, I don’t want this to sound too casual, but I don’t think I need to speak too much about my relationship with Chelsea fans. I played here for 13 years, I coached here, I’ve had a lot of incredible moments and some difficult moments because that’s football.
“From the moment I joined this club, many years ago, I can’t remember the year almost, they’ve been a huge support to me and I’m forever thankful for that.
“If I can be here, if I can help this club and we can come together and we can feel those days at Stamford Bridge and nights at Stamford Bridge and feel an energy in this period of the season – that’s what I’m here to try and do.”
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