John Terry has given a fascinating insight into managing players in the modern game, telling a story of how he laid into a player before realising he was wrong to do so.
During his role as assistant manager at Aston Villa, a position he recently left, Terry worked closely with trying to bring the best out of players.
When one player wasn't applying himself during training, he let him know about and did not hold back. But it was then during a conversation with Smith, now at Norwich, that Terry became aware that different methods were needed to manage in the modern game.
The unnamed player was struggling with homesickness and had only recently become a father, so it was agreed that he would be given a day off - a decision that worked a treat.
Speaking on beIN Sports: "I won't name the player but at Aston Villa, working under Dean [Smith], who thinks about the players constantly and the lads love him - obviously it's a shame that he lost his job - we were trying 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' and he said, 'Okay, film training and explain it to him' - which I did.
"I sat him down and basically went mad at him and said it's not good enough - you're not even in the team and that's not going to get you in the team.
"We had a little debate and the next day I told the manager. He was like, 'Have you asked him about his family life?'.
"I didn't even enter my head at all. The next morning I text him and told him to get in early and we'll have a bit of breakfast.
"It was during COVID, his family were away - he hadn't seen his mum and dad and he'd just had a baby.
"I just learnt so much under Dean for those little bits. We ended up giving him a day off so he could spend time with his family.
"After that he came back and he was a new player, fighting back to get into the team and again, it's man-management."
🧠 Fascinating insight from John Terry.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) November 22, 2021
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Chelsea and England legend Terry had been used to a very different style of management in his generation but believes a "soft side" is needed because of all the pressure on players.
The 40-year-old was part of Villa's coaching staff for three years after hanging up his boots but stepped down in July in a bid to focus on his own managerial career.
In a parting statement, the former England skipper said he was hoping to "take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe" in order to develop his skills even further.
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