“He sat behind me and gave me bits of information”: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith about how assistant John Terry will help the brain defeat the old manager Jose Mourinho against Tottenham
- John Terry played for six years under manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea
- Now the former defender is working with Dean Smith in the dugout of Aston Villa
- Terry and Mourinho are in dugouts for the first time on Sunday
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hopes with John Terry in his corner that he ‘can map the demise of the old Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho of the former English defender.
During his 19-year career with the Blues, Terry worked for nearly six of them under Mourinho and together won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups.
Now they are working as one of Smith’s assistants, alongside Richard O’Kelly, Terry and Mourinho for the first time in the fight against dugouts when Spurs goes to Villa Park on Sunday.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hopes that John Terry can help him defeat the traces of Jose Mourinho
Asked if he would choose Terry’s brain for the game, Smith replied: “I’ve been picking JT’s brains for the past 18 months!
“Hopefully the combined brains of myself, JT and Richard Jose can overcome.
“JT has been his captain at Chelsea twice and they have won many trophies together. They have a deep respect for each other.
“JT speaks openly about the admiration he has for Jose as a coach and as a person when they were in Chelsea.
“But the dynamics are different now. He sits on my couch and he sits behind me and gives me pieces of information that I need.
Terry worked under Mourinho for almost six years and won three Premier League titles
“We will try to map the demise of one of his former coaches.”
Smith gave an insight into Terry’s role during competitions and added: “He is connected to the analysts above. We have a bird’s eye view, as well as his own eyes.
‘I always say that you get a feeling in the game and my feeling can sometimes be different from that of Richard or JT. I would like to know what they think.
“It gives me the opportunity to take things through my head and process the information before we make decisions.”
During his nearly five-year stint in his first managerial position at Walsall, Smith was lovingly known as “the ginger Mourinho” for his tactical insight, planning and being able to get the best out of players.
Dean Smith was lovingly known as “the ginger Mourinho” during his stay in Walsall
While jokingly acknowledging that he is “not so ginger”, Smith is proud of the name and legacy he feels he has left at the clubs he has been involved with.
“Every club I’ve been to, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Brentford, who have been part of my travel and coaching experience, I’ve learned a lot from them,” said Smith.
“My job is to leave a club in a better place. I feel that I have done that with every job I have been to. I left it in a better place. We certainly built them up at Walsall, and at Brentford.
“It’s not just tactical. There are many skills in the field of man management, because every player is different. They all sometimes need a different message to get the best out of them.
“For me it’s about getting to know them, getting to know me, having a lot of respect for each other and knowing which buttons to press.”