John Terry makes direct claim to Aston Villa ahead of new season
John Terry posted on his Instagram Story that he “expects a better season” from Aston Villa in 2022/23.
The former Villa player and manager added that the supporters are “superb” and he will be grateful for the chance the club gave him.
Terry was in Claret & Blue colors for one season under Steve Bruce, which led to a final defeat in the play-off against Fulham, before hanging up his boots on his trophy-laden career.
The former centre-back would return months later to B6, this time as a manager, under Dean Smith, who guided the Midlands side to the Premier League and beyond after Bruce was sacked.
This time last summer, Terry quit as Villa manager after three years, Smith was sacked after the club struggled in November, with Steven Gerrard in charge.
After finishing in the bottom ten last time out, that was the pretty direct message Terry had for his old team heading into the new season.
“I loved my time at Aston Villa and I’m very grateful to Dean (Smith) and Christian (Purslow) for giving me the opportunity,” said Terry.
“I expect a better season from Villa this year. The supporters are superb.
CAN VILLA ENTER EUROPE?
This has been Villa’s goal since their return to the big time, with members of the boardroom spending big on transfers.
The money hasn’t been spent wildly this summer, but the players who have been brought in have a wealth of experience.
Beginning in January with the arrival of Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho to the catches of Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara this summer.
The target is Europe, a possible top six finish cannot be ruled out, but it’s more than likely not to happen, but getting a seventh place finish is a possibility.
But, again, even that will be difficult as there is a traffic jam of teams trying to secure Europe.
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