Derby County could turn to John Terry to take over as the club’s new manager should Frank Lampard opt for an emotional return to Chelsea.
The Daily Mail reports that the Aston Villa first-team coach is on the Rams’ shortlist to replace his former team-mate.
Terry was part of Dean Smith’s coaching staff that Villa to the Premier League; beating Lampard’s Derby in the play-off final.
The East Midlands-based outfit is expecting to receive an official approach from the Blues in the next 48 hours.
Derby owner Mel Morris is busy drawing up contingency plans in the meantime; with Terry among the potential candidates.
Lampard enjoyed a decent first campaign at Pride Park.
He led his side to an unexpected play-off final and recruited several top quality loan signings.
Fikayo Tomori and Harry Wilson were the Rams’ standout performers throughout the campaign, arriving on loan from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer and former Rams midfielder John Eustace are also on the club’s radar.
Appointing John Terry to replace Lampard would represent a massive risk.
Mel Morris gave the former Chelsea midfielder his first job in management, but that doesn’t mean Terry will have the same impact.
Being a coach isn’t the same as being a manager and Derby will be pushing the reset button in opting for the former England captain.
One positive aspect that Terry would bring is the continuity of the relationship with Chelsea.
Fikayo Tomori was a shrewd loan signing by Lampard from Stamford Bridge last season and Terry would hope to call in a favour, or two, from his former team-mate.