John Terry has been thrust immediately into action by new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith after he was pictured overseeing their training session on Tuesday morning.
It was announced last week that the former Chelsea, Villa and England captain would retire from playing to take up the assistant’s role under the club’s newly-appointed manager.
Smith, who enjoyed success at fellow Championship team Brentford, was hired to replace Steve Bruce after he was sacked last week and the pair were officially unveiled on Monday.
Villa’s new managerial duo are set to be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday when they play host to Swansea.
Last year’s beaten play-off finalists have endured a poor start to the season and currently find themselves in 15th place with only three wins from 12 games.
Terry wasted no time in asserting himself on the squad though and could be seen leading a number of drills and exercises during the morning session.
Wearing a pair of white boots, Terry stood with his foot on the ball and took in the action before issuing instructions to some of the players.
The former Blues captain has been studying for his coaching badges at Chelsea and was recently seen overseeing a youth-team game at Cobham.
Smith is expected to take long-term assistant Richard O’Kelly with him to Villa to work alongside Terry.
Villa’s search for a successor to Bruce had been extensive, with early favourite Thierry Henry ruling himself out of the running to complete a deal with Monaco.
Rui Faria was also mentioned but Jose Mourinho’s former assistant is enjoying his break and sees his first job as manager coming in a top division.