Aston Villa closing in on appointing Premier League legend as manager
Aston Villa are set to make Premier League legend Thierry Henry the club’s new manager, according to the Daily Mail.
The 41-year-old is said to have been interviewed for the role that was recently vacated by Steve Bruce and is on the verge of succeeding the former Sunderland boss as Villa manager.
Former Villa captain John Terry was also interviewed for the role but is set to return in the capacity of assistant manager.
The duo have reportedly been told that promotion to the Premier League is the aim and that it needs to be achieved ‘sooner rather than later’.
If a deal to appoint the pair materialises, it will give Henry his first-ever role in management. The former Arsenal and Barcelona forward has been working with the Belgian national team since August 2016, assisting manager Roberto Martinez in guiding the Red Devils to a third-placed finish in the 2018 World Cup.
Terry has been coaching Chelsea’s under-19 side recently but has no experience of senior management. He does, however, have extensive knowledge of the characters in Villa’s dressing room following his spell with the club as a player.
The Daily Mail claim that this knowledge is the reason Henry agreed to work with Terry.
If appointed, the duo will have a challenge on their hands as the Villains look to halt their descent. The club have slipped to 15th in the Championship table after being defeated by lowly Millwall yesterday.
Swansea City could be the first side to take on Henry and Terry’s Villa, as Graham Potter’s tenth-placed side visit the Midlands on Saturday 20th October.