Back in September, when John Terry's boots still hung, a reunion with Frank Lampard was called at Derby. & # 39; I would take John Terry half the day, every day, & # 39; said Lampard.
Instead, eight months later, Lampard will take Terry into a match of enormous importance. The two close friends, teammates at Chelsea for 13 years of triumph and tumult, are set to compete in opposing dugouts at Wembley for the final of the championship play-off on May 27.
Terry, of course, is Dean Smith's assistant and the spotlight will be on the manager of Aston Villa, who is on his own emotional journey. But it is impossible to ignore the delicious conflict between a few who won as much together as players, now each in their first coaching campaigns.
Derby boss Frank Lampard led his side in a play-off final after a brilliant win over Leeds
John Terry will go head-to-head with Lampard at Wembley after defeating Aston Villa West Brom
Date – May 27 (Monday)
Time – 15 hours
Location – Wembley
Channel – Sky Sports
Last summer, Lampard couldn't do a deal for Terry, in order for Derby to cut the loan amount. A few weeks later, Terry resigned from playing and took up position with the help of Smith alongside long-term colleague Richard O & # 39; Kelly.
Villa head Christian Purslow knew Terry from working for three years as Chelsea & # 39; s head of global commercial activities and proposed his involvement with Smith, who was selected as the outstanding candidate to succeed Steve Bruce after an interview process including five candidates.
Smith had come across Terry while managing Brentford and Walsall, and also coached Terry & # 39; s brother Paul at Leyton Orient. An hour-long FaceTime interview to refresh their relationship confirmed that you must join Villa. & # 39; We decided it was okay, & # 39; said Smith. & # 39; If it wasn't, we could both have said no. But I felt it was a win-win. It was my decision. & # 39;
Terry arrived at his first day armed at 7.30am with his pencil ready to take notes. He has shelves full of pads that contain coaching details at his home in Surrey, after he studied Jose Mourinho and others, and continues to absorb information from a manager with more than 400 games in Football League.
& # 39; This is now his student in coaching, he will get the hours inside, & # 39; said Smith. & # 39; I was pretty flattered that he chose to work with us. & # 39; Learning has flowed both ways, with Terry & # 39; s elite level playing experience and Premier League contacts proving valuable.
Lampard and Terry became very close friends during their playing days at Chelsea
The couple won three Premier League titles and a Champions League together at Chelsea
His early start continues, with daily commutes to Birmingham, and he keeps himself in excellent shape, posting his healthy breakfast on Instagram. Sometimes it is avocado, hot toast (no butter), and bacon (cut off fat). Others it's a protein shake of spinach, coconut milk banana, and oats. He goes regularly for 5 km and upwards.
At Bodymoor Heath, that helps fitness. He has participated in games with five on the side and does occasional one-on-one coaching with defenders and attackers. He posted a clip of a tough drill with Tyrone Mings online.
& # 39; If you ask all the defenders, they will say that they benefited from JT on the coaching staff, & # 39; said Smith last week. & # 39; He gives a little technical, tactical and psychological advice. An awful lot of detail. & # 39;
Terry has respected Smith's authority and generally manages a reserved presence, just as he did last season when he tried to stay out of the limelight by not taking captain program notes.
However, he can come alive on & # 39; touchline, as seen on & # 39; e City Ground in March when he got into a spat with Roy Keane. Lampard had his own run-in with Keane in February, with old hostilities apparently pushing hard.
Jack Marriott leads after scoring the decisive goal for Derby against Leeds on Elland Road
Lampard, of course, has been much more visible than Terry, a result of being a manager and giving weekly media briefings. Always a good conversationer as a player, he has impressively made a high-profile role, never shrugged off a topic and offered real opinions on every question. He will go hard on occasions, but never for effect. He is gracious yet in control.
That's how Lampard started at Pride Park, aware of the need to trim and sell the budget before he could buy. Mayej Vydra was the obvious sale, which eventually went to Burnley for £ 11 million, allowing Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn to come in. They were Lampard picks and he treated the agents personally. Both have proven themselves successful.
His faith in Jayden Bogle has been rewarded and Derby now has another significant possession in the & # 39; s 18-year-old right-back, while Lampard was instrumental in loaning Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea, and Harry Wilson from Liverpool. Those Premier League clubs want their players to trust in a particular style and Lampard has remained committed to a progressive approach. After being disappointed in & # 39; first-down performance against Leeds, he wanted to be brave on & # 39; e ball at Elland Road and got that in spades.
Lampard also encourages honest speaking among his players and there was a frank letter to the 4-0 defeat to Villa in March that threatened to derail the campaign. Derby lost only one of their last 12 matches.
Tammy Abraham scored the deciding spot when Villa West Brom took the penalty spot
There have also been robust conversations with owner Mel Morris, especially in January when Lampard felt that funds were needed for fresh faces. Eventually, Morris borrowed the money to bring in Ashley Cole, another Chelsea oldboy.
Assistant Jody Morris is a crucial figure, another close friend of Terry. Morris often provides the light relief, but also accurate standards. & # 39; He was my Chelsea coach of & # 39; e Under-16 & # 39; s to the youth team, he is able to keep me on my toes as I drop below the levels & # 39; where he & # 39; s seen me play, & # 39; Tomori recently told Sportsmail.
The Chelsea trio have been reunited twice this season, with Villa both winning by an aggregate of 7-0. Prior to the & # 39; first meeting, Lampard said: & # 39; You don't have to cut ties as friends just don't work for different clubs. We are tight. But we will not compare those notes this week. & # 39;
Wembley presents a real scenario for barn doors, with a lot of change ahead for those who missed out on Derby and Villa. As far as Lampard and Terry are concerned, after winning 11 major trophies together at Chelsea and 184 combined caps for England, it will be fascinating to observe who's coming up.
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