Rafa Benitez has backed Chelsea skipper John Terry to manage the club one day.
Terry is revered as a leader by the players and fans at Stamford Bridge, and his voice carries the most weight in the dressing room.
And while he may have experienced as much controversy as success during his career as a player, Benitez says he can see Terry as a manager someday.
The Blues veteran was linked to a move away from Chelsea earlier this season, after he was punished by the FA for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.
But in truth, Terry’s influence behind the scenes at the Bridge has never waned, and Benitez would not be surprised to see him in the dugout when his playing days are over.
"It is quite possible that John has the good qualities to become a manager," Benitez said of Terry.
"I have had players in the past who have been big names, but they did not understand the game like him.
“He likes talking about tactics. He seems as though he understands and, with the way he treats the young players and takes care of them."
Meanwhile, the majority of the Blues fans may already think Terry is a better option to manage their club than Benitez himself.
The Spaniard endured chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” during Chelsea’s scrappy FA Cup draw with Brentford on Sunday.
But he insists he is undaunted, and is committed to seeing through his interim stint at Chelsea, and perhaps even stay for longer.
"I guarantee that sending on Juan Mata and changing the game showed we do know what we are doing," Beitez said in his defence.
"We have to remember that this is a transition period at the club. They wanted a manager with experience and I will continue to try and do my best."