It was thought that former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry was almost certain to be the next boss of ailing giants, Aston Villa. On paper at least, it seemed like the perfect post for the gunners most prolific striker, so what happened ? Well, it appears as if Henry , also being chased by Monaco, thought the general terms of the French sides offer was preferable to that of the midlands club. Villa has been a sleeping giant for years and to turn that around would take a large financial injection and it is thought that Villa were reluctant to confirm the size of the transfer funds available with Henry’s limited experience. Thierry Henry and John Terry battle it out for their respective clubs.
There had been a suggestion that old rivals Henry and former Chelsea and England captain. John Terry, would have formed a management partnership but the news that Henry is no longer in contention has come as a hammer blow to Villa fans.
Henry’s withdrawal is immensley disappointing for those who were willing Henry to take a post in his adopted home. It was seen an opportunity for him to establish his credentials with a view to take his dream job in the future, as the manager of Arsenal.
Thierry Henry was the assistant manager of Belgium’s golden generation at the recent World Cup and that experience has obviously driven him on to take his first managerial job. That offer had to be right and the Villa post is thought to have resembled more of a poison chalice.
Monaco have apparently no such reservations on Henry’s relative lack of experience and they are prepared to make the necessary funds available to support his vision.
Monaco are also a slightly less daunting proposition, with a solid academy that has a habit of unearthing talent.
There’s certainly less work to do at the Stade Louis II than there would be at Villa Park, but I’m sure that would not have been the main consideration in the Frenchman’s eyes.
It now begs the question, who will Villa employ now ? It will need to be someone with lots of experience and the most favoured would be Rui Faria or Roberto Martinez, the current Belgium coach.
Rui Faria, may not be the name on the lips of Villa fans but he has been involved as assistant manager at Chelsea and Manchester United.
He has spent 14 years under Jose Mourinho and as a result worked closely with John Terry and that link may yet prove to be the most relevant. Terry has remained extremely quiet about the number two’s job at Villa but the introduction of Faria could make that a reality.
John Terry, looking for a new challenge in management.Terry has made no secret of his desire to join Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in management and it was rumoured that he was to be involved as the manager of the Chelsea under 21’s. Nothing transpired but there’s no doubt that if that offer were available, the job at Villa would not be top of his list of priorities.