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🗣 John Terry on Dean Smith: “I won’t name the player but [it was] working as an assistant at Aston Villa under Dean, who thinks about the players constantly, the lads love him and it’s obviously a shame he lost his job,” said Terry during an appearance on beIN TV. “We were training and I wasn’t happy with one particular player. I kind of dug him out and had a one-on-one. “I said to the gaffer ‘I’m not happy’. He said ‘OK, explain it to him’. I sat him down and basically went mad at him. I said ‘not good enough, you’re not in the team, that’s not going to get you in the team performing like that’. “He came back, we had a little debate. I told the manager and he said 'have you asked him about his family life?’ “It didn’t even enter my head, not at all. The next morning, I texted [him] and said ‘get in early, we’ll have a bit of breakfast’. “It was during Covid, his family were away, he’d not seen his mum and dad, he’d just had a baby and I was like ‘wow’. I learnt so much working under Dean for those little bits. “We ended up giving him a day off so he could spend time with his family. “He was incredible after that, like a new player, fighting to get back in the team. Again, it’s man-management.”

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