Aston Villa appointed their new manager on Wednesday as Dean Smith was confirmed as Steve Bruce's replacement, but the situation surrounding Thierry Henry confused many.
Smith makes the move to Villa Park to fulfil a boyhood dream having grown up supporting the club, with many fans delighted to see him make the move from Brentford.
However, his appointment came after a pursuit of Thierry Henry, which was no great surprise as the Frenchman was strongly linked with a move to Villa Park over the summer.
Last weekend, it looked as though Henry was closing in on the job, but he then appeared to perform a U-turn, and was ruled out of the running for the role just days before Smith's appointment.
Now, Henry has been confirmed as the new manager of Monaco after Leonardo Jardim's sacking, returning to his former club to kick off his managerial career.
His only major coaching experience has come with Belgium, meaning it was always going to be a risk for either Monaco or Villa, and it's understandable that he wanted a return to the Stade Louis II.
Now, Henry's former France teammate William Gallas has discussed the situation, telling The Sun that Villa did offer Henry the job, but he just didn't want it, much like he didn't want the Bordeaux job over the summer, and added that it's 'destiny' for Henry to go back and manage Monaco, feeling it's a more natural role for him than Villa.
“He is the right person for the job because he is a passionate person first and foremost,” said Gallas. “When he was a player, he knew every player in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and at the national level, so it's somebody who is really interested in football whether in France, Europe or the world. He just needed the right opportunity to coach. Before Monaco, he had other options: Aston Villa offered him the position, he didn't want it.”
“Same thing for Bordeaux, he didn't want it either. He knew why. I think Monaco gave him assurances on some points that must have been very important to him. And moreover, Monaco, that's where he started his career. So it is destiny that he is to come back to Monaco as a coach. And I'm very happy for him,” he added.
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