Thierry Henry has verbally agreed to manage Aston Villa as new manager

Belgium Assistant Manager Thierry Henry

The 40-year-old ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has verbally agreed to become Aston Villa’s manager.

Thierry Henry entered the coaching realm by becoming Belgium’s assistant manager under Roberto Martinez who snapped him up ahead of the World Cup.

Belgium reached the World Cup semi-final, eventually finishing in third place.

This led the 40-year-old to leave a lucrative contract at Sky Sports in order to pursue further opportunities in coaching.

Henry, who also has coaching experience with Arsenal’s academy side, is now ready to land his first job as a manager.

According to Daily Star, Henry has “verbally agreed” to take over from Steve Bruce at Villa.

According to the newspaper, the Frenchman has been in talks with Villa’s new majority shareholders, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

Following his coaching gig at the World Cup, Henry harbours ambitions of a full-time management role.

A few details need to be ironed out before Henry pens a contract at Villa Park. Such as agreeing a salary package and transfer budget for new recruits.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, and were perilously close to a top flight return last May, before losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.

The company co-owned by Sawiris and Edens, has injected a “significant investment” into Villa following the club’s financial difficulties under Dr Tony Xia.

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