Former Chelsea defender to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United

Chelsea legend John Terry has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next Newcastle manager.

The former Aston Villa assistant left Dean Smith’s side in July to pursue his ambition of becoming a manager in the near future.

And Terry’s odds with bookmakers to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park were slashed on Friday evening, fuelling speculation on social media.

This will mean a lot to Terry as he is set to replace his ‘idol’.

Apparently, Bruce’s successor, however, is expected to have tens of millions of pounds to spend in the January transfer window after a Saudi-backed consortium competed a takeover.

And, if he was to get the role, Terry would have the honour of replacing his self-confessed “idol” and former mentor.

The defender played under Bruce at Villa Park during the final season of his career and publicly supported him after he was sacked earlier this month.

Writing on Instagram, Terry told Bruce: “Gaffer, you were my idol growing up and it was a pleasure to play for you.

“An unbelievable manager, great tactically and a great man manager. Legend. One of the nicest men you could ever meet.”

Speaking after leaving Villa in July, Terry said: “My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager.

“It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.”

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During his playing days, Terry won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League.

At the moment Terry’s odds have dropped from 66/1 to 12/1, experienced coaches Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre remain the bookies’ favourites at 10/3.

Other names in contention include Unai Emery, Roberto Martinez, Frank Lampard, Leonardo Jardim and Eddie Howe.

What do you think about the move to sign Terry as the New Newcastle United Manager?