By Wayne Veysey

9th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Aston Villa to hold Terry talks as Purslow steps up new manager hunt

John Terry is set to hold talks with Aston Villa this week about potentially being the club’s new manager, Football Insider understands.

The 40-year-old is one of the leading contenders to take over from sacked Dean Smith along with Roberto Martinez and his former England colleague Steven Gerrard.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that Terry will hold discussions with the club over the coming days about returning to the club he left on the eve of the season.

The former assistant manager to Smith has strong links with all-powerful chief executive Christian Purslow, who is leading the club’s manager hunt.

This site revealed on 4 November, three days before Smith was sacked, that Terry would be sounded out for the manager’s job.

During their time working together, Purslow would often be seen heading for one-on-one chats with Terry at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground while Smith took charge of training.

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It was a running joke among some staff that the chief executive appeared more interested in getting the lowdown from Terry than he did from the then manager.

Rangers boss Gerrard is also a top candidate and ticks many of the boxes for Purslow and the ambitious Villa hierarchy.

But he is well established at Ibrox and the Midlands giants face a major task prising him away mid-season with a second consecutive Scottish Premiership title a strong possibility.

Villa are confident of having the new manager in place by the time the Premier League returns after the international break.

In other news, Jurgen Klopp is to have big say in Aston Villa manager appointment as masterplan revealed.