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John Terry’s odds to become the next Newcastle United manager have been slashed.
The Chelsea legend and Aston Villa assistant chief trails only 5/2 to Mikel Arteta, the Manchester City No 2, in the race to succeed Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United boss, according to The Sun.
Terry has been cutting his teeth as an assistant to Villa’s Dean Smith since he retired from football.
Terry’s odds on becoming the next Newcastle boss have tumbled dramatically since former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard was confirmed as Chelsea boss, following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus last month.
Meanwhile, Terry is convinced Lampard will succeed as Chelsea boss.
“After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no-one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea. It is perfect timing for him and the club,” Terry told Daily Mail.
“Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea’s greatest-ever player. Lamps is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.
“Roman is a successful businessman because he is so demanding but Frank will demand nothing less from himself.”