Frank Lampard makes John Terry prediction amid links to Derby County job

Frank Lampard is certain that John Terry will go on to become a top manager with speculation linking him to the vacant Derby job.

The Rams, who are rooted to the bottom of the table in the Championship, sacked Phillip Cocu earlier this month, and Wayne Rooney has been in temporary charge ever since.

Terry has been assistant head coach at Aston Villa since 2018, and is known to be keen on pursuing a career as a manager.

And speaking ahead of his side's Champions League game against Sevilla on Wednesday, Lampard – whose first job in management was at Derby – stated his belief his former teammate could be the right man.

"I think John is destined to be a manager," Lampard said.

"He's obviously been working very well alongside Dean (Smith) on the sidelines over the last few years at Aston Villa so he would have been learning a lot.

"John's experiences in the game as a player will be huge, and I know that from having played alongside him and having seen what he has to offer.

"I think it's a great opportunity potentially for him if it is true, and also for Derby. I've got a lot of affection for Derby from my time there and I know what a great club it is and what great fans they have.

"John will be a hungry, ambitious manager whether it's Derby or another opportunity. He's going to be a fantastic coach."

Terry has been back in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently after Anton Ferdinand opened up about his high-profile racism case in a documentary.

Terry was fined £220,000 and banned for four games in 2012 after the FA found him guilty of calling Ferdinand a “f***ing black c***” during the west London derby between Chelsea and QPR the year before.

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