Henry favourite for hot seat after talks with Villa
Thierry Henry is emerging as the favourite to take over at Aston Villa after initial talks with the club’s hierarchy.
The legendary Arsenal forward, has discussed the prospect of taking over at the Championship club in what would be his first job in management.
The 41-year-old has been targeted by Villa’s ambitious owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, and is considering whether to leave the Belgium Football Association, where he works as one of Roberto Martinez’s assistant coaches.
Villa, whose torrid run of form continued with a 2-1 defeat away to Millwall yesterday, sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday and are keen to appoint an innovative young manager. Henry was discussed as a potential summer target for Sawiris and Edens after they completed their majority takeover in July, and Villa had to release a statement reiterating their support for Bruce.
But Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Preston North End was Bruce’s last game and Villa have been considering candidates, with the intention of making an appointment before the Oct 20 home game with Swansea. Caretaker Kevin MacDonald was in charge yesterday.
Christian Purslow, the Villa chief executive, is spearheading the search and could complete the appointment of Henry next week if negotiations continue to progress smoothly. It has been claimed that Henry believes the Villa job is his if he wants it.
Villa are also close to appointing a new technical director, with Jesus Garcia Pitarch – formerly of Valencia – a strong contender.