Thierry Henry is now at the top of Bournemouth’s shortlist to become their next manager, according to reports.
Arsenal legend Henry has been working in coaching since 2016 and is currently manager of CF Montreal in the MLS.
It is his second job as a manager after a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 between 2018 and 2019.
Now, the former Belgium assistant manager could be set for his first managerial job in English football.
According to the Daily Mirror, Bournemouth “believe they have convinced” Henry to take over as their new manager.
The Championship side recently parted company with Jason Tindall. Since, they have been working from an ambitious shortlist as they search for the man to take them back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
They have been linked with a number of former Premier League players now looking to go into management, such as Aston Villa coach John Terry and current interim boss Jonathan Woodgate.
However, it seems they could get someone else with a Premier League past in ex-Arsenal star Henry.
The Mirror add that Terry, Patrick Vieira and David Wagner are also on Bournemouth’s shortlist. But Henry is their preferred candidate and there appears to have been significant progress.
Henry’s contract with Montreal is up at the end of the year. Having been in talks with Bournemouth, he could take his next job even earlier.
Sky Sports also add that Bournemouth have been in talks with Henry, who is now a “shock contender” to take over.
Talksport also carry their own claims about Henry, suggesting he is in a two-way battle with former teammate Vieira for the hotseat.
Lampard was contacted
Another report from the Daily Mail claims that Bournemouth had made contact with former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Lampard lost his job at Stamford Bridge last month and would have been an option for the Cherries.
However, he is currently taking a break from management before deciding his next option.
Therefore, Bournemouth have turned their attention to Henry, Vieira and Terry – with the former now in pole position.