John Terry would look to take Ashley Cole to Derby as part of his management team.
Former Chelsea captain Terry is a front-runner for the managerial job at the Championship club with a new takeover consortium set to seize control at Derby.
They are keen on Terry who is currently assistant boss at Aston Villa but has made no secret of his desire to become a manager in his own right.
Terry believes Cole – now an academy coach at Chelsea and a TV pundit – could make the step up and MK Dons assistant boss Luke Williams may also be in his sights.
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He would also like to stay involved and is keen to become a boss in the future.
Terry has received high profile backing from another ex-Chelsea team mate Frank Lampard who cut his managerial teeth at Derby and believes he has the right attributes to succeed.
Chelsea boss Lampard said: “”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.”
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