Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory in ‘advanced discussion’ on mourning role

Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory is being advised to return to English football with Derby County.

The 66-year-old is set to join Wayne Rooney in an attempt to bring Ramos to the top of the Championship table after sacking Philip Coco.

Gregory spent four years at Villa between 1999 and 2002, leading the club to a sixth-place finish and an FA Cup final, which they eventually lost to Chelsea.

After an incredible end-to-end transition, he helped Villa to the UEFA Cup in his first season and was at the top of the table for a short time in his second campaign but watched them trail.

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Gregory has worked mostly abroad over the past decade – his most recent work with Chennai in the Indian Super League after conducting in Israel and Kazakhstan in Krely Town.

However, the football insider claims that Derby is in “advanced talks” to bring back Gregory, who was a double-promoted midfielder for the club in the mid-1980s and was director for 14 strategic months earlier this century.

Rooney has resigned as interim boss for the Derby after sacking Koku at the bottom of the Championship side after 11 games.

Gregory looked back on his time as a player with Derby in an interview for the club’s website earlier this year.

He said: The main thing is the manager Arthur Cox – he kicked us in the back every day and expected the best from everyone. Arthur never moves away, we lose or win – which puts both feet and legs on the floor.

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“The baseball field was a difficult place for opponents to come to.

“We were surprised by the state of affairs we saw two years ago, but Arthur did a great job and he played a key role in all of that.”

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