Terry has made no secret of the fact that he wanted to be the main man in the canoe and believes that the championship club has the potential support necessary to reach the top, reports the Daily Mail.
He would follow in the footsteps of his former teammate Frank Lampard, who managed to take charge of the promotion challengers of the county of Derby before settling on the hotseat at Chelsea.
But Terry is expected to face stiff competition from other former England internationals such as Lioness manager Phil Neville and Lee Bowyer from Charlton.
Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton said earlier this week that he had been “inundated with interest” along with other candidates, including former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton and Ryan Lowe of Plymouth Argyle.
Terry has been deputy commanding officer of Villa Park since October 2018 after spending the last season of his playing career there in the previous year.
The 39-year-old, who has taken notes on almost all training sessions at Chelsea since Jose Mourinho’s first appearance at the club, helped Dean Smith guide Aston Villa to the Premier League in their first campaign together .
Lee Johnson – who was the longest running manager in the championship after four and a half years in Bristol City – was sacked after a fourth straight defeat last weekend, which ended the 12 e placed Robins’ hope of participating in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa chiefs may consider Smith and Terry’s club positions if the Villans fail to break free from relegation.
The second ones from the bottom are still languishing at four points from safety with matches against Crystal Palace, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham coming.