With the squad they possess and given the fact that they managed to reach the play-off final last season, much will be expected of Aston Villa during this current Championship campaign.
However, the Villans have had an underwhelming start to this term, sitting in 13th place after nine games with 13 points.
And if things do not pick up, it will only be a matter of time before the Aston Villa faithful start to ask questions of Steve Bruce, who is already not the most popular man at Villa Park.
Should results not improve, it would not be a surprise to see a managerial change in the Villa Park dugout with Bruce having been given the financial backing and afforded the time to get the Midlands club firing, and one man who could be lined up as a replacement is Thierry Henry.
Henry was strongly touted as a potential Bruce successor back in the summer when the 57-year-old’s future at the club was uncertain, but the Arsenal legend made it clear that — at the time anyway — joining Villa was not one of his career goals.
Speaking on the speculation linking him with the Villa job, Henry posted on Twitter (via the Birmingham Mail): “Since announcing my decision to leave my full time role in broadcasting to pursue my ambition of becoming a manager, I have subsequently been linked with a number of positions both domestically and internationally.
“Contrary to misleading reports people may have read at this moment neither myself nor my advisers have held any discussions with any club or national association. My intention has always been to be patient and I will take my decision in good time.”
Henry is currently gaining coaching experience with the Belgium national team as Roberto Martinez’s assistant and, while he may be an appealing appointment who would get the fans excited, it would be too much of a gamble for Aston Villa.
Competition in the Championship is looking as fierce as ever. Should the Villans decide to replace Bruce, they need someone more familiar with the league.
As for Henry, Villa Park would not be an ideal place for for him to start off his managerial career; the head coach position there has been a toxic one in recent years.
Therefore, the two parties should avoid crossing paths, or at least for the time being.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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