According to reports in France, Thierry Henry is closing in on his first managerial appointment with Bordeaux readying him as a replacement for Gus Poyet.
After drawing a line under his coaching apprenticeship with the Belgian national team, the Frenchman has been on the lookout for his first big boy job and did at one point look like he might end up at Aston Villa.
While that opportunity came and went – Steve Bruce eventually persuaded the Villans’ owners to keep him – Henry hasn’t been short of suitors. He even has the backing of Arsene Wenger who confirmed this week his former charge rang him up for advice.
Should Henry get the green light from Bordeaux, he’ll need to quickly assemble a backroom team. RMC claim that one of the candidates to be his right-hand man is former Arsenal teammate Gilles Grimandi, currently the Gunners chief scout in France.
While a Grimandi departure would be a headache for Sven Mislintat, you can see the attraction for Henry who’d have a trusted pal with an encyclopedic knowledge of French football at his disposal.
For the record, Bordeaux haven’t yet sacked manager Poyet, however, he has been suspended for an expletive-laden press conference during which he castigated the club for selling players without telling him. He’s due to formally get the chop in the coming days.
Look out for 27 October – we might well have an Henry versus Patrick Vieira managerial showdown when Bordeaux host Nice. That could be fun.