According to the Daily Mail, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion could target Aston Villa number two John Terry to become their new manager.

Terry is currently assistant manager to Dean Smith at Villa Park.

The former Chelsea captain, however, has plans to follow in the footsteps of both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard by becoming number one in his own right.

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Villa boss Dean Smith has already paved a way for Terry to leave on his own terms, saying he won’t stand in his assistant’s way should another club come calling.

And the opportunity may not be too far away with the November international break a good time for owners to reflect on the early season and make changes where necessary.

West Brom are currently 18th in the Premier League table, while manager Slaven Bilic is reportedly upset following the decision to sell defender Ahmed Hegazi.

Derby, on the other hand, are bottom of the Championship table.

 

The Rams have endured a torrid run of form this season, losing seven of their 11 Championship games to date while scoring a measly five goals and just one from open play.

Phillip Cocu is a well-respected manager. The Dutchman has been a classy, calm and reassuring figure off the field during a turbulent time at Pride Park.

Results, however, haven’t been good enough this season.

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Sheikh Khaled of the Abu Dhabi royal family is reportedly set to takeover, and as such the former Barcelona midfielder may have already managed his last game at Pride Park.

Derby enjoyed a good run under Frank Lampard, reaching the 2018/19 playoff final. Perhaps the Rams feel Terry could be another inspiring leader for the side.

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