Rui Faria next up to succeed Steve Bruce as Henry reportedly set to move to Monaco

Thierry Henry has turned down Aston Villa to leave Rui Faria in pole position for managerโ€™s job. Henry informed Villa on Tuesday night that he would not be accepting the role of succeeding Steve Bruce.

Reports emerged that the former Arsenal striker is on the shortlist of candidates Monaco are considering to replace Leonardo Jardim.ย Henry began his career at Monaco. The 41-year-old was a youth player at the club and played for five years, winning a league title, before going to Juventus.

The 2016-17 Ligue 1 champions have been keen on sacking Jardim as the side started the season in poor form, winning only one game in their first nine so far. Monaco currently sits in 18th place, with just six points.ย The club is averaging just one goal per game and hasn’t won any of its last 10 games. The slow start likely prompted the reported change that’s coming.

Villa had hoped to announce Henryโ€™s arrival but they will now re-commence interviews with the remaining candidates. The remaining names are Faria, Brendan Rodgers, and Brentfordโ€™s Dean Smith.

Faria is keen to move into management, having spent 17 years working under Mourinho at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and in Portugal before leaving Manchester United at the end of last season.

Twitter has since flooded with fansโ€™ reactions to the reports.ย 

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