Johnson was highly thought of at Ashton Gate after four years at the club, but a run of nine games without a win led to Bristol City falling away from the play-offs and ultimately cost Johnson his job.
Steven Gerrard was the Reds’ initial target, but the Rangers boss has turned down the move. Attentions have now turned to Aston Villa assistant John Terry, according to the Daily Express.
Gerrard was not believed to be interested in a move south to the Championship club, and that has led the Robins too former Chelsea defender Terry.
Terry has spent the last two seasons on the coaching staff at Villa Park, working alongside Dean Smith. But, according to the paper he has “indicated” that he is interested in replacing Johnson.
In October 2018, Terry said: “I have aspirations to be a manager one day but that is in four or five years – I’m nowhere near the finished article.”
While last year, he said: “In the long run that’s obviously my ambition but I’m not thinking that,” he said.
“I’ve said as a player I got to the heights I wanted to get to and I firmly believe I’m a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) again.
“I’m starting right from the very bottom, I’m not afraid to say that, I’m not afraid to do all the dirty work, picking up the cones, the balls, the bibs, that’s part of my education.
“I’ve got a great teacher in Dean so I’m very fortunate to be able to sit there and learn.
“I’ve always wanted to do it (coach). I think you know as a player when time’s up really.
“It’s been something that I’ve been planning for a few years, and the experience and day-to-day work on the training field and what the manager allows me to do has been fantastic for me.”
Even if Terry doesn’t take the Bristol City job, he could well be working in the Championship next season anyway unless his current side manage to stave off relegation.
Villa have been in the bottom three for most of the campaign, and sit 18th with two games remaining – at home to in-form Arsenal and away to West Ham, who are not mathematically safe themselves.