Talksport pundit issues warning about Aston Villa's potential Terry, Henry partnership

A general view of Villa Park the home stadium of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on March 10, 2018 in...

Championship side Aston Villa are understood to be in talks with Thierry Henry, with John Terry potentially arriving as his assistant manager.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on October 02, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa could be about to go from the experience and proven Championship track record of Steve Bruce to a managerial partnership made up of two men whose coaching CV could be written on the back of a cigarette packet.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa are in advanced talks about bringing Thierry Henry to Villa Park.

And the Arsenal legend is expected to bring in the former Aston Villa captain John Terry, who announced his retirement on Sunday, as his assistant manager.

Now, this can be seen as a major risk, not just because Henry and Terry have so little experience in the dugout but because it is far from certain how the dynamic between two once-world class footballers will work.


And, speaking on Jim White’s talkSPORT show (8 October, 11.30am), Danny Murphy said that a mutual understanding is hugely important.

“Both are very, very in love with the game; watching it, analysing it. It could be a brilliant partnership,” Murphy said. “Those two will not get to the point where they’ll take the job together and be thrown in to the lion’s den.

“There’s pros and cons to both roles. If Henry was to go and get promoted then all of a sudden his stock rises after being involved with Belgium. He’ll get all the plaudits.”

Thierry Henry assistant manager of Belgium looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Belgium and Gibraltar at Stade Maurice Dufrasne on August 31, 2017 in Liege, Belgium.

Murphy revealed that he was under consideration to work alongside his former Liverpool team-mate Sami Hyypia once he was appointed as the manager of Brighton and Hove Albion in 2014.

And the former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder has used this example to show how important a clear plan will be should Terry and Henry both arrive at Villa Park.

“I don’t think its going to happen unless they’re on the same page. Hyypia got the Brighton job and I was sounded out to be the number two. I thought we had a decent relationship but Sami didn’t want to entertain it.

“That’s fair enough. He had a view in his head that he needed some more wisdom around him.”

Sami Hyypia the Brighton manager during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion at the Pride Park Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Derby, England.

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