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Thierry Henry to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager

Thierry Henry to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager
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Thierry Henry could become Aston Villa’s new manager after the ownership change.

Thierry Henry was an assistant to Roberto Martinez during Belgium’s best ever World Cup run. Players have been praising Henry left and right.

“I think it’s so important to have somebody like him in the team.” – Adnan Januzaj (Kveo)

“Thierry Henry brings something completely different,”
“He’s someone that has been in the situation of having to develop a mentality as a team. To change the dream of winning something special.” – Roberto Martinez (Kveo)

“Of course he’s very important to us. He brings his stories, his experience to the group” – Toby Aiderweireld (Guardian)

A couple of days ago, Aston Villa was saved from its financial crisis when Chinese chairman Tony Xia sold around 55% of the club’s stakes to Egyptian multi-billionaire Nassef Sawiris and Fortress Investment Group co-founder Wes Edens. Sawiris is the wealthiest Egyptian in the world with a net worth of €5.6 billion.

Thierry Henry decided to quit his day job as Sky Sports pundit in order to pursue his long-time ambition of becoming a football manager (Mirror).

“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.” 

The 40-year-old Arsenal all-time leading goalscorer is a free agent at the moment, so it seems logical that Aston Villa’s new owners will try to add Henry to their staff before anyone else does.

His appointment would signal the end for Steve Bruce, who has been Villa’s coach since 2016. He led the team to the Championship playoffs last season, where he lost to Fulham in the final at Wembley. Despite the successful campaign, financial problems began to really affect the club, which would have to sell some of its best players, including highly-rated Jack Grealish, in order to stay competitive. The new owners saved the club from financial ruin, but they’re the ones who’ll now dictate its next direction.

If he were to become Aston Villa’s new manager, Thierry Henry would follow the footsteps of former Premier League superstars Frank Lampard (Derby County), Steven Gerrard (Rangers) and Patrick Vieira (Nice), who have entered coaching waters recently.