Aston Villa number two John Terry is keen to become the new Derby County manager, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship club have put Wayne Rooney in temporary charge while they search for a permanent successor to recently-axed Phillip Cocu.
Rooney has made it clear he wants the Derby job on a full-time basis amid speculation the club want a big name to take the reins.
Terry, 39, is among those who have been linked with the post and he is reported to be a serious contender.
An industry source has told Football Insider that Terry is “very much interested” in the Derby role as he eyes his first managerial position and “would take it if offered to him”
The Chelsea and England legend is Dean Smith’s assistant at Villa but is keen to move into management.
Terry has never been a No 1, but has spent just over two years learning the ropes alongside Smith.
Villa won promotion in 2018-19, narrowly stayed up last season and have had an impressive start to the new campaign.
Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is close to completing a £60million takeover of Derby, who are the bottom club in the Championship.
Rooney is keen to take the job permanently but is happy to return to playing if he misses out on the job.
Derby County are next in action on Tuesday night in a Championship clash against Coventry City.