Michael Gray fired a warning at Aston Villa coach John Terry over the vacant Newcastle United managerial position as he claimed his hands could be tied if he succeeded Rafa Benitez.
Former Villans forward Darren Bent previously told Football Insider that he was convinced the Magpies would contact Terry about the job, and it seems Gray isn’t sure whether the 38-year-old should accept the offer if one came his way.
Gray, who played for the Magpies’ archrivals Sunderland during his playing career, claimed the Magpies would be a great opportunity for Terry if he wants to go down the management route, but he has to be aware he’d be stuck working with the players they currently have.
“Every name under the sun has been touted with this job,” said Gray to Jim White on talkSPORT, as quoted by their website.
“Maybe it is the route they need to go down – someone who potentially wants to be a manager.
“He’s done his due diligence – he’s done a bit of coaching at Aston Villa – and he’s got great experience in the game.
“Is it a job he would walk into where his hands are tied? I think that’s the big problem with everybody turning down Newcastle at the moment.
“It’s a great opportunity for John if he wants to go down that route, but he’ll be stuck with the players he’s got – and maybe they’re going to lose even more.”
Hopefully Gray does the Magpies a favour for once and actually puts Terry off the Magpies’ job. While it’s hard to know if the 38-year-old would actually be in the running, as Terry being linked with the job seems to have stemmed from Bent’s remarks, he would be a risky appointment by the Magpies. The 38-year-old has never been a manager of a club and has instead been learning the ropes at Aston Villa as he is Dean Smith’s assistant. Terry may have done a good job at the Villans, they won promotion in their 2018/19 season after all, but being in charge of the Magpies is no easy task. It would be better if the potential successor to Benitez had managed for himself. After all the Spaniard will be a hard act to follow after averaging 1.48 points per match during his Magpies reign, as per Transfermarkt, and due to the fact he kept the Magpies away from their Premier League relegation battle in their last two seasons.