Aston Villa quashes Henry speculation

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Aston Villa next manager Thierry Henry has been lined

Thierry Henry has been lined up to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

It is understood new majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have been keen to appoint Henry as they look to bring a new attacking edge to the club. The meeting must have gone well, however, as both Sawiris and Edens show patience after acquiring the club less than one week ago.

Reports have also suggested that Henry would take with him to Villa Park his former Arsenal teammate Steve Bould as an assistant.

Tonight, Villa continue their pre-season schedule with a clash against Premier League side West Ham United.

Villa have reportedly sounded out Thierry Henry over taking their job, and Bruce is set for talks over his future today.

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Bruce did not speak to media after the match, but Hammers winger Robert Snodgrass, who played for Bruce at Hull, hailed the decision. He's a top man and a top manager. "It's good news they've made a decision to keep him on", said Snodgrass.

"He's a good player, but I'm hopeful that he might stay".

There are serious problems mounting off the pitch at Villa, with failure to land promotion back to the Premier League causing the club major financial difficulties.

Executive chairman Sawiris and co-chairman Eden bought 55 per cent of the club from Tony Xia, who remains co-chairman, last week.

Bruce has been at Villa since October 2016, and led them to the Championship play-off final at Wembley last season - where they lost 1-0 to Fulham.

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