Thierry Henry’s coaching aspirations appear to have taken a big step forward after “verbally” agreeing to become the new Aston Villa boss for next season, reports the Daily Star
The Arsenal legend worked as an assistant coach under Roberto Martinez for Belgium’s World Cup campaign this summer that saw the Red Devils secure their best ever finish in the competition with third-place following their 2-0 win against England in the playoff match.
But now it appears that Henry is not content anymore to sit in sidelines with France’s all-time record goalscorer having recently vacated his punditry role with Sky Sports in order to pursue his managerial aspirations.
And it looks like he has done just that with reports in England having emerged that Henry has “verbally agreed” to replace Steve Bruce as the new Aston Villa manager.
New majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are understood to be keen on replacing Bruce for the new season after he failed to guide the club back to the Premier League last term following their Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham.
With Derby having appointed an unproven former Premier League star in Frank Lampard, Villa seems certain to follow a similar route in Henry this summer.
And while the 40-year-old lifted more than 35 major individual and team trophies in his glittering playing career that included the World Cup and Champions League titles, achieving success as a manager is a completely different challenge.
Aware of this, Henry has made it clear to the Villa shareholders that he wants assurances over his transfer budget before taking on the role.