AFC Bournemouth are reportedly set to confirm the appointment of their new manager following the departure of Jason Tindall.
The Cherries have spoken to Thierry Henry along with David Wagner as they close in on appointing a new manager, though if they do opt for the former Gunner, they’ll need permission from his current club.
The board have been locked in meetings and interviews throughout the last two weeks as they look to replace Jason Tindall, who was sacked at the beginning of the month.
The #AFCB board have been locked in meetings and interviews throughout the last two weeks as they look to replace Jason Tindall, who was sacked at the beginning of the month.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 17, 2021
It’s emerged that Arsenal legend Henry has become a late shock contender for the vacant position as could be set for appointment with his odds slashed and now he’s the new favourite.
Ex-Monaco manager Henry is currently the head coach of MLS side CF Montreal, but now it would seem he’s keen on a switch to the Championship outfit.
Thierry Henry, often debated as one of the greatest strikers of all time as well as one of the greatest players to ever grace the Premier League, joined Arsenal from Juventus in a £11 million fee.
Brought in as a replacement for fellow French forward Nicolas Anelka, Henry was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger, a move that would pay rich dividends in years to come. However, doubts were raised about his ability to adapt to the quick and physical English game when he failed to score in his first eight games.
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After several difficult months in England, Henry even conceded that he had to “be re-taught everything about the art of striking.” These doubts were dispelled when he ended his first season at Arsenal with an impressive goal tally of 17 PL goals in 31 games. Arsenal finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester United, and lost in the UEFA Cup Final against Turkish club Galatasaray.
During his time at Arsenal, Henry picked up the following club honors:
Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04
FA Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03
FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004
UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2005–06
As well as individual honors:
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04
PFA Team of the Year: 2000–01 Premier League, 2001–02 Premier League, 2002–03 Premier League, 2003–04 Premier League, 2004–05 Premier League, 2005–06 Premier League
FWA Footballer of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
Premier League Player of the Season: 2003–04, 2005–06
Premier League Golden Boot: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
European Golden Boot: 2003–04, 2004–05
French Player of the Year: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Henry was a key figure in Arsenals ‘Invincibles’ in the 2003-04 season where he scored 30 PL goals in 37 appearances. Arsenal have yet to win the league since.
In 2007, Henry moved to Barcelona in a €24 million move. He spent three years at Camp Nou before moving to New York Red Bulls during which he returned to Arsenal during the off season on loan in 2012, where he made four PL appearances, scoring one goal.
Since retiring from playing in 2014, Henry has gained managerial experience with roles at Arsenal’s Youth team and being the Belgium assistant manager before taking his first job as a first team manager at Monaco where he lasted only for months with a disappointing 20% win ratio. In November of 2019 he signed to manage Montreal Impact in the MLS where he is still currently in charge.
Henry spent a few years as a pundit with Sky Sports, joining the team in 2015, before leaving in 2018 to concentrating on his coaching badges.
Premier League Appearances : 254
Premier League Goals : 174
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Fans reacted with Bournemouth set to confirm appointment of new manager…
@JHolbrooke: I don’t care about the management experience, Thierry Henry as Bournemouth manager would be tremendous
@robert89__: Thierry Henry to Bournemouth? Wow would be great for both I reckon.
@KFeltham10: Thierry Henry managing Jack Wilshere at Bournemouth? I never believed in second teams until.. Would love to see that!!
@Sarfo15M: Thierry Henry to solanke ‘ can you do it one touch? So why don’t you do it?’
@PatrickTimmons1: Thierry Henry managing Jack Wilshere at Bournemouth? Yes please.
@Hxnz99: Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney going head to head again? The Championship is sensational.
@VipArsenal: Bournemouth is a good opportunity for Thierry Henry, that he needs to take. Specially because didn’t do to well at Monaco. Bournemouth is currently in play off positions. Since he’s worked with Arsenal academy, he knows our youngsters and can take some on loan. Good luck, Henry!
@afcdaniel4: Scenes when Bournemouth appoint Thierry Henry, he takes them back up to the Premier League, manages Bournemouth at the Emirates when fans are back and gets a warm welcome by Arsenal fans
@BrettLiddiatt: “He was terrible at Monaco”, “He’s got no experience”, “It would be a terrible appointment” Whilst this may be true…. it’s fucking Thierry Henry, I don’t care.
@ReeceAC_: There’s a possibility that we see Thierry Henry’s Bournemouth vs Wayne Rooney’s Derby next season. 2021 is full of surprises
@aviv_lavi: Wishing Thierry Henry the best of luck at Bournemouth. The reason I fell in love with Arsenal
@ec_2991: Can confirm I will be supporting Bournemouth with Thierry Henry in charge and Jack Wilshere pulling strings in midfield
@ccfchuw: Mick McCarthy vs Thierry Henry in a playoff push this is football heritage
@WestHamPlace: Thierry Henry to manage Bournemouth? Blimey.
Jason Lee: Well that’s Sky Sports suddenly giving a shit about Bournemouth then lol
@seynx: He wont last 10 games
@OddsManagerUK: Steve Cooper is about to lose his “Sexiest Manager in the Championship” title.
@AndyGray1995: I honestly think Thierry Henry would be better placed as our striker than our manager #afcb
@afcbbeachboy: Love Henry , do I want him as manager? No. We need a experienced manager not a novice.
@cherrybear86: Get him in!!! In fact player coach still streets ahead of Solanke and surridge
@AFCBTony: Would end in tears.
@afcb1976: Unconvinced. His time at Monaco didn’t go particularly well and this would be an unnecessary gamble on our part.
@dylanwalsh_: Thierry Henry and Jack Wilshere, the link up every Arsenal fan has dreamed about.
@AFCBeef: Oh shit, forgot Wilshere was at Bournemouth. Thierry Henry managing him there now. Amazing stuff.
@FtblMohit: I really hope this doesn’t fucking backfire for him
@BigJimmy_V: Oh dear, what have they seen that nobody else has seen in his managerial career of losses and tantrums?