Aston Villa were handed a huge boost this week when Egyptian multi-billionaire Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55% stake in the club, resolving their financial crisis and investment capital issues in the process. It has now emerged that Sawiris is targetting Thierry Henry as a new manager of the Championship club.
The future of current boss Steve Bruce has been the source of much speculation in recent weeks and now the Birmingham Mail and EuroSport have reported that Henry is the desired candidate for the position.
Henry had announced just this week that he was leaving his role as a pundit on Sky Sports to focus on his coaching career. The former Arsenal striker is currently working as assistant manager to Roberto Martinez at Belguim and was in Russia with the team for the recent World Cup.
The new owners' arrival does bring much needed financial sustainability to the club. Sawiris and Edens released a statement confirming their desire to see the club earn promotion with a sustainable model.
As lifelong football fans, we are excited and privileged to have become part of this great Club. We believe that together we bring business and sports experience that will help strengthen the Club to ensure Aston Villa can return to its rightful place in the upper echelons of English football.
Our goal is to bring sustainable success to the Club, building on its rich history while respecting its loyal fan base and unique culture. We understand that we are stewards of Aston Villa on behalf of the fans and we take that responsibility seriously.
We look forward to working with Dr Tony to undertake a thorough assessment and evaluation of the Club in the coming weeks and our priority is to strengthen the squads and structures ahead of the upcoming season and beyond.