John Terry has emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Frank Lampard at Derby County ahead of next season according to the Daily Mail.
Lampard looks as though he is heading to Chelsea, after the Blues announced that Maurizio Sarri was leaving the club to join Italian giants, Juventus.
The Rams boss guided Derby to the Championship Play-Off final in his first season in charge, and his good work evidently hasn’t gone unnoticed with Chelsea seemingly close to reaching an agreement with Derby to take him to Stamford Bridge.
It’s far from ideal preparation for the new season for Derby, and they’ll be hoping to have a new manager in charge at the earliest of opportunities.
They’ll be hoping to go one better than last season and make a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Terry has been working as Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa, as the pair guided Villa back into the top-flight with a win over Lampard’s side.
But would Terry be tempted by a move to Derby?
“Surely not? John Terry to Derby?
“Have they not learned a thing? Lampard did nothing a half-decent manager couldn’t last season, except perhaps attract players on loan.
“His tactical input was limited and in my mind, he cost them the play-off final.
“Terry doesn’t have a management background either. Why not look at someone doing well at a club elsewhere? Lee Johnson for instance?”
“I think Terry will find it hard to turn down Derby if they made him their standout candidate for the role.
“He is clearly enjoying life at Villa after helping the club to promotion last season, but he will surely have ambitions to become a number-one manager in the near future.
“It would be a huge challenge for Terry to replicate what Lampard achieved at Derby, but the fact he is a similar mould to Lampard suggests Derby have a firm idea of what kinds of manager can get the best out of the squad.”
“In all honesty, no.
“I do think Terry will look to move into management at some point in his career, but I can’t see this being the sort of move he would want to make.
“Terry seems to be settled and happy at Villa Park, which you can understand given the direction the club is heading in, and you feel he will be keen to make a return to the Premier League with Villa next season.”