Alex McLeish has claimed Derby County may be the perfect first management job for Aston Villa number two John Terry.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa boss insisted Derby have “huge potential” and are a “cracking project”.

The Daily Mail report that Derby, who currently sit bottom of the Championship table, could target Terry if they decide to get rid of Phillip Cocu.

Football Insider revealed last week that Cocu was holding showdown talks with the Rams’ board over his future at the club.

He has survived the axe for now, but the Dutchman’s job is believed to be hanging by a thread.

McLeish told Football Insider: “John would probably do a Frank Lampard, go down the Frank Lampard route of going to a Championship team.

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“Derby have got huge potential, we’ve seen Frank was nearly there with the play-off.

“If John can get to that sort of level and even more so, getting them into the Premier League, if the resources are there of course, that’s what you have to think of as a coach and as a manager going into a new job.

“I think that would be more of a temptation for John. I would think if John was having stepping stones, that Derby one sounds like a cracking project.” 

Cocu was appointed Derby County manager in July 2019, signing a four-year contract at the Championship club.

The Rams have set their sights on promotion this season after a 10th-placed finish last term but they are already 13 points adrift of the play-offs.

In other news, Aston Villa beaten to £20m signing by Newcastle United to leave ex-star gutted.