According to L’Equipe, GACP, the investment fund that is set to buyout Bordeaux’s current owners, have ended talks with Thierry Henry over the club’s soon-to-be-vacant managerial role.
Henry was pinpointed as the number one candidate to take over from Gus Poyet but it looks as though negotiations have broken down due his financial demands.
It’s claimed that his request for a $200,000 a month salary combined with relocation costs and the potential fee commanded by his agent Darren Dein, son of ex-Arsenal CEO David, have put off GACP ahead of their takeover.
“The conditions demanded by his agent are off the scale given he doesn’t have any experience,” an unnamed Bordeaux official told L’Equipe [translated by ESPN].
“We didn’t have to face up to those sorts of demands for [former coach] Laurent Blanc when he started his career.”
Arsenal’s head scout in France, Gilles Grimandi, had been tipped to be Henry’s assistant and there had even been fanciful whispers that Arsene Wenger could be installed as a Director of Football.
Henry, who until recently was an assistant coach for the Belgium national team, had also been contacted by Aston Villa about becoming their manager this summer only for the Villans to retain Steve Bruce. His search for a managerial role goes on.
Had Henry taken over he’d have been staring down the barrel of a showdown with fellow ex-Gunner Patrick Vieira who now manages Nice. It’s not been a great start for Paddy whose side are yet to win after three games in Ligue 1.
Nice lost their opening game of the season at home to Reims, drew away to Caen and were spanked 4-0 at home by Dijon.
“This is a catastrophic scenario for us,” the 42-year-old said at the weekend. “Losing 4-0 at home is hard to accept.
“We have created many opportunities without scoring. We were shy. The message to the players at the end of the match was this; playing well is not enough. We need more. We did not get it tonight.
“Defeat is due to lack of success and aggression. We lack character, personality and aggressiveness.
“That’s why this scenario has become catastrophic. We do not have enough players to carry the team up.
A defeat to Lyon on Friday will turn up the heat on Vieira, who has only been in the position since June. Ouch.