By Graham Hill
JOHN Terry is believed on Middlesbrough’s short list as they search for a new manager.
The former Chelsea and England captain has been working as a coach under Villa boss Dean Smith this season.
That was after spending the final year of his playing career skippering Villa to last season’s play-off final.
Now Boro are considering a move for Terry after parting company with Tony Pulis, according to TalkSport.
Terry has been working behind the scenes at Villa Park and earned praise from Smith and the Villa players.
Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings are among the senior Villa stars to have benefited from Terry’s influence.
Derby boss Frank Lampard – who goes up against Villa in the Championship Play-off final on Monday – said earlier this season that he felt it not be long before Terry was a manager in his own right.
Terry has said he would like to become a boss in around three years, but Lampard felt he could take charge much sooner than that.
Lampard himself has been strongly linked with a move back to Chelsea as their new manager of they lose Maurizio Sarri this summer. If that happened, it would be no surprise to see the Rams also show an interest in Terry.