John Terry leaving Aston Villa is a “blow” for Dean Smith’s side and the timing of his departure is “odd”, according to Frank McAvennie.

Terry spent a season with Aston Villa as a player in 2017/18. After retiring, the defender became Dean Smith’s assistant manager at Villa in October 2018.

The Chelsea legend has spent three seasons in that role. This has been a successful period for the Villans which was started by them earning promotion back to the Premier League in 2018/19.

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McAvennie has had his say on Terry’s departure in an interview with Football Insider. He is “shocked” at the timing of his exit:

“It was inevitable he was going to move, it’s a blow. He’s always made it known he wants to be a manager.

“He will have learned so much from Dean Smith, it was a great decision to move to Villa in the first place.

“I know a lot of people who have taken that step. They have been an assistant then maybe gone to Europe for a job.

“Everything he’s said has been the right thing. It’s just a bit surprising how quickly it’s happened. There wasn’t even a hint.

“The season is so close as well, it’s an odd time to do it. I’m shocked.

“I wish him all the best though, hopefully he can do a Steven Gerrard and find success.”

Elsewhere, Aston Villa are planning moves for three midfielders with Jack Grealish looking set to join Manchester City for around £100m.

They have “reached an agreement” with Bayer Leverkusen over the £30m signing of Leon Bailey. He was involved in 17 goals from his 30 Bundesliga outings last season.

On Friday it was revealed that the Villans have had a £25m bid for James Ward-Prowse rejected by Southampton.

Their third target is Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell. A report revealed on Saturday that if Grealish leaves, Villa will test their resolve for the midfielder. 

It is believed that the Canaries have “no intention” of selling Cantwell and it would take a “huge offer” for them to be tempted to cash in on the midfielder.

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