By Gabriel Agbonlahor

9th Nov, 2021 | 2:07pm

Agbonlahor: Terry 'loves' Aston Villa and would be 'great' manager after source update

John Terry “would do a great job” as Aston Villa manager but they may look for somebody with more experience.

That is the view of Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer and Terry’s former teammate, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential Villa Park return for Terry.

A club source told Football Insider today (November 9) the former Villa player and coach is set for talks this week about becoming their new manager.

He has strong links to chief executive Christian Purslow who is leading the search for a new boss.

Terry is a leading candidate along with former England teammate Steven Gerrard and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.

The former England captain spent the final season of his playing career at Aston Villa before spending three years on Dean Smith’s coaching staff.

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The 40-year-old played 36 times across all competitions for the Midlands giants.

“Anything is a possibility in football,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“But with the other managers that have been linked, they will try for a Steven Gerrard, a Roberto Martinez.

“I don’t see it happening but if it did happen, I’m sure he would do a great job.

“JT knows the whole squad and he loves the club as well.

“It shows after JT left that, defensively, Aston Villa haven’t been the same.”

Smith left Aston Villa 16th in the Premier League with 20 goals conceded in their opening 11 games of the season.

Only bottom two Norwich City (26) and Newcastle United (24) have shipped more top-flight goals this term.

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