Old feud with Man United hero ‘costs Chelsea legend John Terry punditry gig’

John Terry divides opinion: for instance, Chelsea fans love him and Manchester United fans (and supporters of pretty much every other club) can’t stand him.

The former England captain left his boyhood club Chelsea for pastures new in the summer, but there appeared to be plenty of options on the table for the 36-year-old.

One avenue the now-Aston Villa defender has yet to seriously explore is punditry. You could easily imagine Terry suited and booted, chewing the fat on all things football in a studio with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.

And, according to The Times, BT Sport had some serious interest in Terry, yet an old fall-out with a former international team-mate proved an insurmountable obstacle.

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Paul Scholes, Steve McManaman and Terry’s former team-mate Frank Lampard are all regulars on BT, but the broadcaster were concerned about how the ex-Chelsea skipper would get on with former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Here’s what The Times said about it:

“BT Sport had plans to book Terry as a guest expert on its Champions League coverage this season after his move to Aston Villa, but abandoned the idea because of concerns that its existing pundit Ferdinand would refuse to work with him.”

Ferdinand and Terry made up one of the best centre-back pairings in international football when they turned out for England, but the pair fell out after Terry’s Chelsea faced Queens Park Rangers in October 2011.

Legally, Terry was acquitted of calling Rio’s brother, and then Rangers defender Anton, a “f—— black c—“, however the FA subsequently banned and fined the then-Chelsea man for racially abusing Ferdinand.

Rio and Terry never buried the hatchet, and it’s hard to see Ferdinand reacting with anything but disgust to find himself sitting next to Terry on live television during a Champions League night.

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