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John Terry reveals how Mikel Arteta nearly joined Premier League rival as a coach

John Terry has revealed how Mikel Arteta nearly joined Arsenal’s Premier League rivals when he was approached by the club

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Former Chelsea captain John Terry has disclosed that Newcastle United made overtures to both himself and Mikel Arteta to take over the managerial reins from Rafa Benitez back in 2019.

The Magpies found themselves in disarray five years ago when Benitez opted not to renew his contract, citing frustration with the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market under then-owner Mike Ashley. 

This decision left Newcastle scrambling for a replacement, ultimately leading to the appointment of Steve Bruce, a move that triggered widespread dissatisfaction among fans, evidenced by a wave of season ticket cancellations and protests against Ashley’s stewardship.

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However, the club’s fortunes could have taken a different turn had they pursued a more ambitious appointment. At the time, Terry was honing his managerial skills at Aston Villa, while Arteta was gaining invaluable experience as an understudy to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

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John Terry reveals that Mikel Arteta was approached by Newcastle United (Image credit: Getty Images)

Terry made the revelation while discussing his own aspirations in management during an episode of the Up Front with Simon Jordan podcast, recounting how the owners of Newcastle had visited his home via helicopter for discussions. Ultimately, the club opted for Bruce, and Arteta would go on to become the manager of Arsenal just six months later.

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“I had the owners of Newcastle in my house. They flew down in a helicopter. We spoke, they spoke to Arteta, myself and ended up going with Brucey.”

Reflecting on the missed opportunity, Terry admitted that he was not fully prepared for such a significant role at the time, acknowledging the experience as a valuable learning curve. 

He remarked, “I look back now and, Jesus, some of the questions I was miles off it. I didn’t think about it, but it was such a good learning curve. I’m glad I didn’t get it because I was miles out of my depth.”

Terry’s revelation sheds light on the intricate dynamics behind managerial appointments in the Premier League and offers insight into the paths not taken by clubs and prospective managers alike.

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