Thierry Henry Ready for Aston Villa

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(WFI) Thierry Henry has reportedly accepted verbally to become the next Aston Villa’s manager.

According to Britain’s The Daily Star and The Mirror, the appointment of the former Arsenal and France legend is almost a done deal.

Henry would replace Steve Bruce although the current Aston Villa manager met this Tuesday with the new club owners, but no public statement has been made on the outcome of the talks.

Reports have also suggested that Henry would take with him to Villa Park his former Arsenal teammate Steve Bould as an assistant. Bould is assistant manager at Arsenal and himself facing a time of uncertainty due to the arrival of new manager Unai Emery.

Aston Villa is now in the hands of Nassef Sawiris - a member of Egypt’s richest family - and American tycoon Wes Edens - a co-owner of American basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks . Both are reportedly ready to invest big in Villa in search of returning the 1982 Champions League winners to the Premier League.

According to the Birmingham press, the new owners see the club as having enormous potential and a promotion back to the Premier League could see their current value of approximately $120 million rise to $600 million.

Sawiris and Edens have each bought a 27.5 percent stake in Villa, meaning between them they have a controlling stake.

Henry was part of the Belgium national team managerial staff but announced after the World Cup he wants to be a full-time manager.

The 40-year-old was Roberto Martinez’s assistant as Belgium reached the semifinals in Russia but now wants to go it alone as a boss.

According to the English press, Henry is only waiting on an agreement with Aston Villa for a salary package and a transfer budget to strengthen the squad.


By INSIDER Javier Monne

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