JOHN TERRY is poised to make a move to Saudi Arabian team Al-Shabab. The incoming president of the Pro-League club, Muhammad Al-Munjam, is an avid admirer of JT, and the two had discussions about Terry’s potential role back in August.
Nonetheless, the Chelsea legend, now 42 years old, is anticipated to assume a more senior position as the Director of Football. In this capacity, he will lead the club’s efforts in recruitment and strategy, steering the ship from behind the scenes rather than the touchline.
Terry has been involved with Chelsea’s academy since departing from Leicester, where he served as an assistant manager to Dean Smith during the latter part of their relegation campaign last season. Before that, he spent almost three years as Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa.
It’s worth noting that the increased investment in high-profile players by Saudi Arabia over the summer has generated more interest in securing renowned staff members as well.
This development led to them initiating contact with Terry, and a significant breakthrough in negotiations eventually resulted in his agreement to assume a position in the Middle East.
Muhammad Al-Munjam, who is making the transition from his role as the president of the nation’s Ministry of Sport to join Al-Shabab, played a pivotal role in these discussions. It is reported that he shares a close relationship with Terry, which laid the foundation for their early discussions.
Notably, other prominent English figures like Steven Gerrard have already made the move to the region. Gerrard, an icon from Liverpool, now manages Al-Ettifaq and has successfully recruited players such as Jordan Henderson to strengthen his squad.
In addition to Terry, the Middle East division also boasts the presence of familiar names for Premier League fans, including Nuno Espirito Santo and Slaven Bilic.
John Terry, with his impressive record of winning five Premier League titles and amassing over 700 appearances for Chelsea as a player, brings a wealth of experience to his new role.