Report: Thierry Henry offered Bordeaux job

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According to a report by Sky Sports, Thierry Henry has been offered the Bordeaux managerial position.

Henry left his Sky Sports punditry job this summer to concentrate on his coaching career, and has been a top assistant to Roberto Martinez with Belgium over the last two years, including this summer at the World Cup where Belgium finished in third place.

The Bordeaux position is theoretically open after the club suspended manager Gus Poyet who publicly criticized the front office for selling striker Gaetan Laborde to fellow Ligue 1 side Montpellier without his knowledge.

Henry, a French international with 51 goals in 123 caps for his home nation.

“It would be very good for Bordeaux,” current Nice manager Patrick Viera told Sky Sports. Viera was a former teammate of Henry’s on the French national team. “It would be very good for him. It would be very good for Ligue 1 because of his notoriety. I know he’s someone who really wants to be a coach and he has the means to succeed. He has had a lot of experiences. I think it would be a great thing for football because he has a lot to contribute and a lot to give.”

Henry reportedly was offered a U-18 coaching position at Arsenal last summer, but Arsene Wenger is said to have overruled that decision due to Henry’s part-time duties as a television pundit, wanting the former international to focus on the position full-time. The 41-year-old was also linked heavily to the Aston Villa job this summer, but the club decided to stick with Steve Bruce.