Thierry Henry has agreed to become Aston Villa’s new manager.
The Arsenal and France legend is ready to lead Villa’s charge back into the English Premier League — once he’s had reassurances from the Championship club’s mega-wealthy new owners.
Steve Bruce remains in charge at Villa Park.
But new majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are not convinced he is the right man to take the Villans back to the English Premier League.
And they have already turned to Henry, who 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 semi-finals in Russia but now wants to go it alone as a boss.
Another Midlands club in the Championship, Derby, have already moved to appoint another unproved former top Premier League star as their new manager, with Frank Lampard taking charge.
A source who is close to the takeover negotiations told Starsport that Henry had “verbally agreed” to be Villa’s new boss.
But there remains much still to do, including axing Bruce and agreeing a salary package and transfer budget with Henry. They must also explain how Villa can move forward within the confines of Financial Fair Play.
Sawiris — a member of Egypt’s richest family — and American tycoon Edens — a co-owner of American basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks – look ready to invest big in Villa