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.
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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.”