John Terry is the new favourite to land the Aston Villa job and secure his first management position.
The Chelsea legend was initially expected to return to Villa in a coaching role alongside Thierry Henry, but the ex-Arsenal striker is now set to accept an offer to take over at his old club Monaco.
That has opened the door for Terry to push for the to job himself.
He faces competition from Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho’s old assistant Rui Faria. But the former England captain has the support of Villa’s players after impressing last season as the club’s skipper, when he made 36 appearances.
The 37-year-old announced his retirement as a player last week and has been coaching Chelsea U19s.
Terry has a close relationship with recently-sacked Villa boss Steve Bruce and is likely to seek his blessing about replacing him if he lands the job.
Belgium national team No2 Henry was offered the job after weekend talks but hesitated so he could consider other offers.
He fancies replacing Leonardo Jardim, with Monaco just in 18th place in Ligue 1 nine games into the season and one point off the foot of the table.
Former Tottenham and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp has claimed Henry will snub the Birmingham club’s new owners and fancies Terry for the role instead.
Redknapp said: “I don’t think that Thierry is going to go there. I was at a function and John Terry was there and I had a feeling he was right in the frame for the Villa job. He’s a runner, that’s for sure.”
Whoever takes over Championship Villa will face considerable Financial Fair Play challenges if the club, who are currently 15th in the 24-team second tier, again fail to return to the Premier League.
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EFL rules state clubs are not allowed to lose more than £39million over a three-year period.
This is Villa’s third season in the Championship after relegation in 2016 and they have had one of the biggest wage bills in the division.
The club’s latest accounts are due to go to the EFL after March next year, and if they have averaged losses of more £13m a season since relegation they face a range of sanctions. These include a fine to even possible points deduction.
But the club could look to raise revenues to comply with FFP by selling in-demand players such as playmaker Jack Grealish.
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