Date: 25th July 2018 at 5:30pm
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The Express & Star are reporting that the club’s interest in hiring Thierry Henry is very much down to Nassef Sawiris. The Egyptian billionaire is a regular attendee of Arsenal home matches, where the Frenchman is a legend.

Currently the assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, the ex-Gunners striker has never managed in senior club football, and the decision to appoint him would be an undoubted risk.

Many fans on Twitter are worried that the decision-making process hasn’t been thought through:


I think we all share the same concern when it comes to Henry. Sawiris and Edens would be making the decision based on the name, rather than a CV. Of course, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work out. Some top former players can make great managers.

You only have to go as far as his former French international team-mate Zinedine Zidane to see it can work. Zizou had no prior experience of managing in senior football before racking up three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

Of course, there are many more cases where it hasn’t worked. If reports that Henry will bring in Steve Bould as his assistant are true then that would make sense in order to improve the coaching experience among the staff.

Saying all that though, we still need to wait and see if Steve Bruce is indeed replaced. All the signs suggest he will be, but it believed the current manager will hold talks with the new owners soon.

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9 Replies to “‘Not a good sign’ – These Villa Supporters Are Worried By How NSWE Decided On The Club’s Next Manager”

  • Some niaive comments on here, based purely on media speculation. Yes, I would like to Steve Bruce given a chance to carry on, but at the same time I can honestly say that he has been given money and time to get us up. We got as close as you can get without achieving promotion last season, but had it not been for a disastrous January we would have got automatic promotion, added to which there were times when I preferred walking the dog to watching some of the dross served up (Brentford, Cardiff away, Bolton away to name a few. Derby took on Lampard, but I didn’t hear any cries of derision when that happened, so why not Henry

  • just be happy we have new owners. Stop acting like Steve Bruce is a legend. If I was the new owners, I would pull out of the deal and leave you with Steve Bruce and administration then what? I didn’t hear any negatives about Steven Gerrad and Frank Lampard when they started their managerial careers at Rangers and Derby. It’s beginning to look like some Villa fans don’t want a BLACK coach. Remember Paul Lambert and Tim Sherwood? they had experience.

    • Give over, if Henry had done a decent job somewhere else I’m sure we would all welcome him with open arms. Gerrard & Lampard would have received the same reaction, race has absolutely nothing to do with it

  • Bruce is a nice man, but has not shown the ability to get a very expensive, talented group of players playing as a team. Fundamentally, there is a serious lack of movement with players seemingly unaware of the give and go of passing. I want to see a manager who will bring excitement back to Villa’s performances – something I have rarely seen under Bruce. Good luck Steve, but time to make way for creativity, and I feel Henri is the sort of manager that will bring this to the party.

  • So Brucie stays. Probably the right decision at this time, but I think he will have had to make decent progress come Christmas.

    I think Henry was the wrong choice at this stage of pre-season and at this point in his managerial career. That said, how biased are the English press and pundit community and, dare I say, some fans?

    A big fuss has been made of the Frenchman, but as Ronald rightly points out, Lampard and Gerrard got the nod without a glimmer of doubt being expressed about their suitability.

    I completely agree with Graham and Ken in regard to the quality of football we have seen under Bruce’s reign. Tactically he is limited, but he must at least bring his rudimentary methods up to speed. Unless we are purring come January, I do wonder if the gaffer has just earned a stay of execution.

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  • So Brucie stays.

    It may be for the best at this time. We are so close to the season start and it is undeniable that Henry is inexperienced leading a side as manager.

    Ronald is right on the button though with his observation in regard to Gerrard and Lampard. It is an example of English bias at best or maybe something more unsavory at worst.

    I fully agree with Graham and Ken’s view in respect to the quality of play we have seen under Bruce’s hand. He is tactically limited and has to show more expansiveness and cohesion in his team’s set up this time around if he wants a different end result. His rudimentary tactics worry me and if he is not making good progress come Christmas, I fancy today’s decision will only represent a stay of execution.

  • Speaking as an Arsenal supporter i would urge you to sign up Henry as a manager,the guy is super intelligent regarding football,yes he is untried but please,please dont make the same mistake so many clubs does and yourself have done down the years dont sign some completely overrated manager ala Curbishley,Mclaren,Pardew,Mark Hughes,Tony Pulis etc they are no good other then taking home a pay package and their football is like 10 sleepless nights horrible.Take a chance on Henry and you will see,i guarentee you he will come good.

  • Personally very disappointed that Bruce is staying. Completely agree with previous comments re. his (S. Bruce) limited tactical nouse and his inability to play attractive, attacking football. Most games I watched at Villa Park last season were complete dross – I want promotion but I also want to be entertained. Having 2 center halves with limited imagination and ambition (to play football) as manager and coach has taken us as far as we can go. I respect Bruce for this morals and ethics, but think he should go ASAP.

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