John Terry hasn't stayed out of football long since his retirement, after being appointed assistant coach at Aston Villa to new manager Dean Smith.
The Villains parted company with Steve Bruce last week after their disappointing start to the Championship campaign, with the Villa faithful never really taking to the former Manchester United defender's defensive style of play - despite steering them to the play-off final previous year.
Rodgers is among the front-runners for the vacancy at Villa Park following the sacking of Steve Bruce last week after two years in charge.
"After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing", Terry posted. That speculation was accelerated when Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday.
Jardim will lose his job with Monaco after a dismal start to the season that sees them marooned in 18th place in Ligue 1 nine games into the season, one point off the foot of the table.
He also spent last season as a player at Villa, leaving after they missed out on promotion with a loss to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.
"And Pitarch has occupied Director of Football roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain".
He won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League title in his time at Stamford Bridge, becoming the club's most decorated player. The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working...
Terry joined Chelsea's academy from West Ham at the age of 14 and made his first-team debut as a substitute in a League Cup victory over Villa in October 1998.