It looks like Thierry Henry is wasting little time segueing into club management with word today that he is talking to Aston Villa’s new owners about taking a job at the Championship side.
According to the Daily Star (we know, we know), Henry has struck a precursory deal with Villa’s new billionaire majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, who are “unconvinced” that current incumbent Steve Bruce is the man to secure promotion this season.
A source who close to the takeover negotiations told Starsport last night Henry had “verbally agreed” to be Villa’s new boss.
But their remains much still to do, including axing Bruce and agreeing a salary package and transfer budget with Henry.
After spending the past two years as assistant coach to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, Henry recently pulped his cushy £4million-a-year punditry contract with Sky Sports to concentrate fully on furthering his management career.
Three days ago Villa were a club in turmoil, with ex-owner Dr Tony Xia floundering in his efforts to address a £40million shortfall in finances as the club fell under a self-imposed transfer embargo.
Skip forward and they’re suddenly co-financed by two of the richest men in the world, (with Dr Xia remaining on board as co-chairman for the time being) as they prepare to once again gird themselves for the promotion push.
Who will be charged with overseeing that push from the dugout – Bruce or Henry – remains to be seen.