Thierry Henry favourite to take over as Aston Villa manager

first_imgHenry was strongly linked with Villa in July, when Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the club’s majority owners, took control of the club. Sawiris and Edens ended up giving their backing to Bruce but a dismal run, during which Villa won one of 10 games, led to the 57-year-old being sacked on Wednesday.Christian Purslow, Villa’s chief executive, has been overseeing the process of finding a successor and it is understood a shortlist of five names was compiled, including Rui Faria, José Mourinho’s former assistant, and Dean Smith, the Brentford manager.Sawiris and Edens, who are hugely ambitious, want a high-profile appointment to rejuvenate the club, who are 15th in the Championship, and Henry ticks that box.As things stand, the only possible barrier to Henry taking over is a late move for Rodgers, who has a proven track record in the Premier League, which is where Villa’s owners want to be, and favours the sort of expansive and free-flowing football that would go down well with supporters. There are doubts, however, as to whether Rodgers would be prepared to leave Celtic mid-season and if the Scottish champions would entertain any approach for him in the first place. news Thierry Henry Topics Aston Villa target high-profile appointment after sacking Steve Bruce Thierry Henry has been identified as the favoured candidate to take over as Aston Villa manager and could be appointed within the next 72 hours, depending on whether the Championship club decide to inquire about the availability of Brendan Rodgers. It also looks increasingly likely that John Terry will return to the club on the coaching staff after the former England captain announced his retirement as a player on Sunday night.Although Villa insist that nothing has been agreed with Henry, the 41-year-old is the clear frontrunner to replace Steve Bruce after holding positive talks with the board. Within the club there is a growing expectation that the Frenchman, who is working as Roberto Martínez’s assistant with the Belgium national team, will be the new manager. John Terry Aston Villa Reuse this content Share on Twitter Steve Brucecenter_img Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp There is a desire among the Villa board to see Terry return – so much so that his appointment on the coaching staff is not viewed as being directly linked with a particular manager – and that is partly because of his knowledge of the squad, having played alongside many of them last season. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Emaillast_img

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