Thierry Henry has reached an agreement in principle with Bournemouth to become their next manager, Football Insider can reveal.
The 43-year-old, who is currently head coach of MLS side CF Montreal, is close to being named the permanent replacement for Jason Jason Tindall, who was sacked at the beginning of February.
Bournemouth assembled a shortlist including Henry, his ex-Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira, as well as the former Schalke and Huddersfield manager David Wagner and current caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate.
A Cherries source has told Football Insider that Arsenal legend Henry has been pursued strongly and has been offered the position.
He has agreed in principle and a contract is being drawn up for him to be the new manager.
It will mean a return to England for Anglophile Henry, who had the best years of his glittering playing career in the country.
Since November 2019, the former striker has been at the club previously known as Montreal Impact.
In Henry’s first season, the team made the play-offs for the first time since 2016, eventually eliminated by New England Revolution in the first round.
He is currently preparing the team for the 2021 MLS season, which begins in April, having brought in 11 new players including Canada international Zorhan Bassong from Cercle Brugge.
Henry began his coaching career with Arsenal’s youth teams before becoming Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team.
He left Belgium to take his first manager role at his former club Monaco in 2018.
Henry had ended his spell as a pundit on Sky Sports to take up the full-time job but it did not work out, as he was sacked after three months in charge.