Sheffield United legend Brian Deane has warned the club about appointing John Terry as their next manager.
Terry is one of the many names being linked with the currently vacant role at Bramall Lane.
The Blades have been without a permanent boss for several weeks now after the departure of Chris Wilder.
Paul Heckingbottom is in caretaker charge as things stand and is another being considered for the job.
Yet Deane thinks the board should really consider their options before hiring someone like Terry.
“I think you need to be very careful when you start handing out these jobs,” the former striker told Football FanCast. “And it’s a big job, by the way.
“Sometimes I’ve seen it where owners give these big names the jobs to take the heat off themselves.”
Why Brian Deane thinks Sheffield United should be careful
Terry has no managerial experience to date and therefore there is little to judge him on in that regard.
The ex-Chelsea and England captain has been working under Dean Smith at Aston Villa for the past three seasons.
During that time Villa have been promoted to the Premier League and Terry is sure to have played a part in that success.
Of course as a player, the 40-year-old was hugely successful. As well as 78 caps for his country, Terry won five league titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League.
A fine playing career can often see coaches get big jobs quickly. As was seen with Terry’s former teammate Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard recently.
Lampard was named Blues manager after one solid but unremarkable campaign at Derby County. Yet he was sacked during his second term in charge at Stamford Bridge after failing to perform.
Gerrard, meanwhile, has spent three years at Rangers and this term led them to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.
Terry has of course got to start somewhere, but giving him the job would be a serious gamble by the United board.