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Reports: Thierry Henry offered Aston Villa job - but Patrick Vieira is shock late contender

French national football team captain Patrick Vieira (L) chats with teammate forward Thierry Henry during a training session, on June 10, 2008, at the Stadium in Chatel-Saint-Denis. France...

Aston Villa are looking to appoint a new manager after Steve Bruce's exit.

Thierry Henry, Assistant Coach of Belgium looks on ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

According to The Mirror, Thierry Henry is considering an offer from Aston Villa to manage the club – but The Sun claim Patrick Vieira is suddenly in with a shout.

Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce last week following a run of just one win in nine games, with the 3-3 home draw with Preston North End on Tuesday proving to be Bruce's last game in charge.

Caretaker Kevin MacDonald oversaw Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Millwall, and an appointment is expected over the international break as a host of names are linked with the post.

 

The Mirror now report that an offer has been made to Thierry Henry, and the Frenchman is currently considering whether or not to accept the position.

It's claimed that the Frenchman would want full control over transfers, whereas new chief executive Christian Purslow wants to bring in a sporting director to oversee Villa's operations in the transfer market, meaning a deal is far from done.

Heading to Villa would be Henry's first managerial post, though he has been on Roberto Martinez's coaching staff with Belgium for two years, and he quit punditry for Sky Sports in order to focus on coaching.

Nice's French head coach Patrick Vieira stands during the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Nice on October 5, 2018 at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France. -  (...

The Sun also report that Henry is the leading choice, but Villa also like Nice boss Patrick Vieira, who of course played alongside Henry for both Arsenal and France.

Vieira's name is a real surprise and it would be a shock to see him become a late contender, as he only left his position as New York City FC manager to take over at Nice this summer, with Henry a much more realistic candidate at this stage.

French national football team captain Patrick Vieira (L) chats with teammate forward Thierry Henry during a training session, on June 10, 2008, at the Stadium in Chatel-Saint-Denis. France...

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