Chelsea legend John Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday at the age of 37, having won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.
Former Chelsea vice-captain and teammate to Terry, Frank Lampard believes Terry has what it takes to succeed as manager because he has always been a leader.
Terry is in contention to be Aston Villa’s assistant manager with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry tipped to be named as manager.
“He always seemed like he was going to be a coach or a manager, and he has all of the attributes. He’s a leader, he studies the game, and I think and hope he’ll do well,” Lampard told Press Association.
“He has obvious attributes in leading people around him. That’s what a manager needs to do – he did it in the dressing room.
“It changes slightly when you become a manager but you still have to have those attributes where you can push people on, drive, encourage, lay down the rules on how to perform to get the best out of yourself as a group. If he carries that on to management then I think he’ll be a success.
“(Terry’s playing career) was truly great, whatever way you look at it. John’s titles, medals, personal achievements are absolutely up there in terms of world football, in terms of an English career in the Premier League era.”
Terry led influential players like Petr Cech, Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele and others during his time as Chelsea captain. Lampard hailed Terry as being the true leader despite the big personalities in the squad.
“We had a strong squad with a lot of big personalities. But John was always the captain, always the leader,” Lampard added.
“(In management) you need someone to follow, for people to come into the club to understand what the club means, how you need to train, how you need to behave.”