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Brendan Rodgers and John Terry both want to land Aston Villa job, says Redknapp

John Terry and Brendan Rodgers could go head-to-head for the job of Aston Villa manager according to Harry Redknapp.

The current odds-on favourite is Thierry Henry but Redknapp reckons the Frenchman is unlikely to take the job.

Over the weekend, Henry had emerged as the front-runner and was said to be lining up former Chelsea captain Terry as his number two. That speculation was accelerated when Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday.

However, it's all been turned on its head by Harry Redknapp. The former manager was speaking on Talksport after spending time with Terry on Monday evening.

“I don’t think Thierry’s going to go there," he said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen, that’s what I’ve heard.

"I was at a function last night and John Terry was there and I had a feeling he was right in the frame for the Villa job. He’s a runner, that's for sure.

"John wants to get into management – he sees Frank (Lampard) doing it and sees Stevie Gerrard having a crack. John is a confident boy. He’s just retired from playing and he’s thinking about the future, and if the opportunity comes to manage a club like Aston Villa, that would be a dream job for him.

“It’s a big club, there’s great potential there and it would be a great start for him.”

And Redknapp reckons he's not the only man who would jump at the chance to take over at Villa Park. Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers has been linked and despite his current club insisting they are not expecting an approach from south of the border, Redknapp says the Carnlough man would relish the opportunity.

“He’s done it all, won it all in Scotland," said the former Tottenham boss.

“I’m sure he’d love to come back now. I know they’re not Premier League but Villa are a club that have certainly got potential to get back into the Premier League.

“I’m sure he’d love the opportunity to come back and manage in England again.”

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