Thierry Henry Set To Be Offered Aston Villa Job, John Terry To Be Number Two

Thierry Henry and John Terry have been in talks with Aston Villa following the Championship side's sacking of Steve Bruce as the former Arsenal striker gets closer to his first job as a manager.

We are getting weirdly close to being a few seasons into a Football Manager save come to life as Thierry Henry looks to become the latest high profile former footballer to get a job in management.

In the summer Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard moved from their jobs in the BT Sport studio to become managers of Rangers and Derby County respectively. Henry then quit his job with Sky Sports to concentrate on his own management dreams.

He was initially linked with taking a job at Aston Villa, whilst Steve Bruce was still in the position, and latterly looked set to get the vacancy at Bordeaux when Gus Poyet was let go, even reportedly picking his assistant.

As reported by the Daily Mail's Dominic King, the former Chelsea defender would be Henry's number two at the club.

In the end the former Arsenal striker ended up with no jobs as a manager but he did earn himself a promotion to Roberto Martinez' assistant for Belgium after impressing his previous role as a coach for the Belgian national side.

Now though it seems like Henry will get his first job and it will be at Villa. According to the Daily Mail discussions have taken place between the two parties and Villa owner Nassef Sawiris is keen.

Henry may swap tv studio for boardroom in just months. Image: PA Images
Henry may swap tv studio for boardroom in just months. Image: PA Images

The paper reports that Sawiris was a season ticket holder at Highbury when Henry was making himself the Gunners' top scorer of all time and reckons the former Barcelona man can bring attacking football to Villa Park.

Bruce lost his job in the Midlands following a dramatic 3-3 draw with Preston in midweek, where Glenn Whelan missed a late penalty that would have given the side all three points.

Steve Bruce was sacked just last week. Image: PA Images
Steve Bruce was sacked just last week. Image: PA Images

The former Manchester United defender had a torrid season last year when he lost both his parents before the side lost in the play-off final to Fulham.

He then oversaw the club as they had financial difficulties in the summer before the new owners came in and saved them from their troubles.

John Terry has been linked with the vacancy, as has Brentford boss Dean Smith, a childhood Villa fan, but it looks like Henry is the man the club want to take them forward.

Ryan Sidle

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