- John Terry is in talks with Championship side Middlesbrough over managerial job
- The Chelsea legend helped Dean Smith's Aston Villa side clinch a spot in a second successive play-off final
- Middlesbrough have been without a manager since they sent Pulis packing last week
Chelsea legend John Terry is holding discussions with Middlesbrough chiefs as a potential replacement for Tony Pulis.
According to UK Express citing Talksport, the Riverside outfit have been without a manager since they sent Pulis packing last week after their inability to qualify for the Championship play-offs.
The report further revealed that Terry, who was assistant to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith as the Villains reached the second successive play-off final, is one of the "top choice" for ‘Boro’s managerial role.
The former Chelsea captain revealed earlier that he will take his time before stepping into first-team management, even as he admitted last year, that he is still learning as an assistant at Villa.
"I have aspirations to be a manager one day. But that is in four or five years - I'm nowhere near the finished article,” Terry was quoted as saying to the BBC:
Interestingly, Pulis was axed by Middlesbrough after failing to seal a playoff with a seventh-place finish, with Frank Lampard's Derby County claiming the spot.
Reacting after Pulis exit, Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson hinted that Pulis had left Boro 'stable and strong' financially despite not making it to the Premier League.
"I'd like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.
"Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony's arrival.
"Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship fair play criteria.
"He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition,” Gibson submitted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Tony Pulis has been fired by Championship side Middlesbrough after missing Premier League promotion to the Premier League.
According to The Mirror, the ex-West Brom and Crystal Palace manager was charged to lead Middlesbrough back to the EPL at the end 2018-19 campaign, having replaced ex-boss Garry Monk midway through the 2017-18 season.
However, after netting 49 times in 46 games, the Teesiders failed to make it to the Championship playoffs by a single point after finishing seventh.
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