Aston Villa assistant John Terry understood to be excited by prospect of substantial investment at Derby; Wayne Rooney remains in interim charge and is also keen on taking the job full time; Derby are bottom of the Championship

John Terry is among the frontrunners to be the next manager of Derby County, once the club’s takeover is complete.

Sky Sports News can confirm newspaper reports linking Terry to the Derby job, which the current Aston Villa assistant coach sees as an excellent first opportunity in management.

The former Chelsea captain has made no secret of his desire to become a ‘number one’ and was impressed by what his friend and former Stamford Bridge teammate, Frank Lampard, achieved in his first step into management at Derby.

It is understood Terry is also excited by the prospect of substantial new investment in the club by a prominent member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.

Sheikh Khaled’s Derventio Holdings is going through the final legal stages of buying out current owner Mel Morris, who is assisting with the pursuit of a new manager alongside senior members of Sheikh Khaled’s executive team.

John Terry’s former England teammate, Wayne Rooney, is currently in interim charge of the Derby team, and he too is keen to take on the job full time once the new owners are in place.

Derby, who are rock bottom of the Championship, play Coventry at Pride Park on Tuesday – live on Sky Sports via the red button.