Former Aston Villa defender Martin Keown has admitted that he didn’t think he’d ever see Thierry Henry and John Terry working together, as reported by Birmingham Live.

Henry is reportedly on the verge of being appointed as Villa’s new manager, with Terry being lined up as his assistant.

The rumours have taken Keown by surprise, but the former Villains man hopes that the pair can guide the club back to the Premier League:

“I can safely say that I never ever saw those two as a partnership. But never be surprised in football.

“I think Henry always had the makings of being an outstanding manager, there’s no doubt about that. He feels fit to bring Terry as his assistant, he will know the club exceptionally well, of course he will. He’s only just left the football club.

“I dearly hope that Villa can get back to where they once were as a football club. I spent three years there myself, I went through the process of being relegated and then promoted.

“I have to say it was the most joyous I have ever felt in getting that promotion. The fans, the club, it’s a very big club there, Villa.

“It will be hurting at the moment but I really sincerely hope that if Henry gets it that he can turn this club around.”

Villa have been searching for a new manager since dismissing Steve Bruce, who had lost the support of the board at Villa Park. In a bizarre incident, he was struck with a cabbage by an incensed supporter prior to the Villains’ clash with Preston North End.

Several names have been linked with the Villa Park vacancy, including David Moyes and Rafael Benitez, but it looks increasingly likely that Henry will land the role.