By Paul Robinson

8th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Aston Villa may have already held Terry talks after source reveal - pundit

John Terry has a “realistic” chance of succeeding Dean Smith at Aston Villa, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and Leeds goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said his ex-England teammate may have already held talks over the vacant position.

Aston Villa announced on Sunday that Smith had been relieved of his duties.

His dismissal comes after a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League.

A Villa source told Football Insider (4th November) that club chiefs will sound out Terry over a potential return to Villa Park as manager.

The ex-Chelsea captain has been out of work since leaving his role as Dean Smith’s assistant in July.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Terry’s credentials, Robinson said: “I think John Terry is a realistic option for Villa right now.

“He would not be interested in a caretaker role until the end of the season though. He left the club because he wants to be a manager.

“Villa don’t need somebody until the end of the season. There is no chance of them going down. That is why they don’t need a stop-gap.

“They need a manager who will take them onto the next level.

“I would be very surprised if they sacked Dean Smith without a good idea of who or what they want. Most clubs have a new manager in within the week.

“Villa will know the direction they want to go in. If it is to be John Terry I suspect talks have already taken place.”

In other news, it can be revealed that Klopp will have a big say in Aston Villa appointing Gerrard as plan revealed.