Chelsea are keen for John Terry to take his coaching qualifications as they look to line him up as the club’s future manager, according to the Daily Mirror.

Terry is not in contention to take over from current interim boss Rafa Benitez at the end of the season, but the 32-year-old has been identified as a future manager – possibly as early as 2014 when his contract expires.

Benitez has already claimed that Terry is management material, and Terry himself has admitted that he’s considering a move into management once his playing days are over.

The club are encouraging their captain to start working towards his coaching badges this summer. Chelsea appear to have a plan for Terry, and hope he will transition from player to coach to manager.

Unlike Frank Lampard, who is battling with the west London club to extend his playing career at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea hierarchy have made it clear to Terry that his long-term future at the club is safe.

The report claims Roman Abramovich is a huge admirer of Terry’s leadership skills, and has earmarked him as the club’s future boss.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is believed to support that view. Despite a number of high-profile controversies on and off the pitch, Terry’s reputation at Chelsea could not be higher, and the centre-back would be a hugely popular appointment should he one day make the transition from pitch to dugout. 


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