Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry is enjoying working and learning under manager Dean Smith, according to Michael Brown.

The former Tottenham and Sheffield United midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 39-year-old is focused solely on improving as a coach amid the club’s relegation battle

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Villans have lined up Terry to take charge if they do swing the axe on Smith after this weekend’s game against Chelsea.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and assistant John Terry

The Villans currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, having lost their last four league games.

Brown has revealed what he has heard about Terry’s position under Smith at Villa Park, stating that there is a strong relationship between the pair.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think what happens today is when you’re struggling at the bottom end of the table, the pressure always mounts.

“I tell you what John Terry’s enjoying and you can see – working with Dean Smith. He’s enjoying trying to get better and better, learning all the roles to do with football.

“The talk is he’s really enjoying working with Dean and the staff and rightly so, he’s got great experience, Dean Smith. I think John Terry, he’s a young coach, learning his trade.

He’s just concentrating on trying to improve, what it’s like to be a coach, what it’s like to be a manager, how football clubs work. He’s on that learning curve and it’s great to see a young British lad improve, to try and get better.”

Terry, who finished his playing career with Villa, returned to the club as a coach when Smith replaced Steve Bruce as manager in 2018.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has delivered his verdict on the manager situation at Villa Park.