John Terry Emerges as Candidate for Vacant Bristol City Managerial Role

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John Terry could be set to take his first step in to football management at Bristol City, after the Robins sacked Lee Johnson on Saturday.

Terry, 39, has been the assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa since October 2018, and helped him steer them to the Premier League in the duo's first season at the club.

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Lee Johnson, 39, who was the longest-serving manager in the Championship after four-and-a-half years at the club, was relieved of his duties on Saturday following a run of four successive defeats, leaving the Robins in 12th - nine points off the play-off places.

Until this season, Johnson's Bristol City side had improved their league position year-on-year and finished eighth last season, just four points off the play-offs.

They were only three points off the automatic promotion spots in February, but after nine games without a win either side of the restart, City are now set to finish mid-table.

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Football Insider report that Terry is in the frame for the job and is reportedly keen to follow in the footsteps of his Chelsea and England teammate, Frank Lampard, and take up his first managerial position in the Championship.

Wigan manager, Paul Cook, is also a candidate to fill the vacancy at Ashton Gate after Wigan Athletic entered administration earlier this week, and were handed a 12-point penalty by the Football League, just one month after being bought by Hong Kong businessman Au Yeung Wai Kay.

Terry and Cook have both thrown their name into the hat alongside the favourite for the job, Chris Hughton, who could be set for his first job back in management since leaving Brighton and Hove Albion 14 months ago.

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Bristol City gear up to face Hull City at 6pm on Wednesday, and almost certainly look set to go into that game without a new manager being appointed, and with only five games remaining, the Robins have a mammoth task on their hands if they are going to reach the play-offs.