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Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory in advanced talks over shock role – Birmingham Live

Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory in advanced talks over shock role – Birmingham Live

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

The globe-trotting 66-year-old is reportedly in line to join Wayne Rooney in an attempt to guide the Rams up the Championship table after Phillip Cocu’s sacking.

Gregory spent four years at Villa between 1998 and 2002, leading the club to a sixth-placed finish and an FA Cup final which they eventually lost to Chelsea.

He helped Villa to the UEFA Cup in his first season after an incredible end-of-term turnaround and had the side at the top of the table for a short period in his second campaign but watched them trail over.

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Gregory has mostly worked abroad in the last decade – his most recent job being with Chennaiyin in the Indian Super League following spells managing in Israel and Kazakhstan before a stint at Crawley Town.

But Football Insider claims Derby are ‘in advanced talks’ to bring back Gregory, who was a double promotion-winning midfielder for the club in the mid-to-late 1980s and manager for 14 tricky months at the start of this century.

Rooney has stepped up as Derby’s interim boss following the dismissal of Cocu with the side bottom of the Championship after 11 games.

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

He said: The key to it all was the manager Arthur Cox – he kicked our backsides every day and expected the best from everybody. Arthur never got carried away, whether we lost or won – that kept both his feet and our feet on the floor.

“The Baseball Ground was a daunting place for the opposition to come to.

“It was an amazing transformation to see the state that we were in two years before that, but Arthur did a great job and was instrumental in it all.”

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