Arsene Wenger throws his backing behind Thierry Henry for the vacant Bournemouth job, insisting it is a ‘great platform’ for him before confirming his other former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira was also in the running
- Arsene Wenger has backed Thierry Henry for the vacant Bournemouth job
- The Frenchman is a candidate to replace Jason Tindall at the south coast club
- Wenger says it’s a ‘great platform’ for Henry, currently Montreal Impact manager
- He also confirmed that another ex-Arsenal star, Patrick Vieira, was in the running
Arsene Wenger has backed his former Arsenal player Thierry Henry to thrive if he is appointed as Bournemouth’s new manager, insisting the south coast club is a ‘great platform’ for any young manager.
As Sportsmail reported on Wednesday, the legendary French striker has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant head coach’s job after Jason Tindall was sacked earlier this month.
Henry, who is currently in charge at MLS side Montreal Impact, leads an all-star cast of candidates, including his former Arsenal colleague Patrick Vieira, ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner and Chelsea legend John Terry.
Thierry Henry has been backed Bournemouth’s potential new manager by Arsene Wenger
But the Cherries now want the opportunity to talk to Henry about the role as they eye a quick appointment to get their promotion bid back on track.
Wenger, speaking on pundit duty for BeIN Sports on Wednesday night, confirmed his two former players were in the running and said it was an ideal opportunity for Henry.
The 71-year-old said: ‘I knew a little bit about Patrick Vieira, when he was in the frame, but Thierry Henry, being at Montreal, I didn’t expect him to leave.
‘But it’s a good club, Bournemouth, and I think a good test as well for somebody.
‘They have good players and they work well, so I think it’s a great platform for a young manager to show that he can do it in England enough to go to the Premier League.’
Henry is still in the early days of his managerial career. He worked as Belgium assistant to Roberto Martinez before taking over at Monaco in October 2018.
Wenger also confirmed that another ex-Arsenal player, Patrick Vieira, was also in the running
However, Henry endured a nightmare time in Ligue 1 and only lasted three months, 20 games, in charge.
Less than a year later, he got his next managerial role in the MLS with Montreal, signing a two-year deal until the end of the 2021 season with an option to extend it by a further season.
Vieira, meanwhile, has managed New York City FC and most recently Nice, losing his job with the French side in December.
The Cherries currently sit sixth in England’s second division, 12 points off leaders Norwich and 11 behind Brentford occupying the final automatic promotion spot.
Sportsmail understands Frank Lampard has been contacted but the former Chelsea boss is minded to continue his break away from football following his recent dismissal at Stamford Bridge.
Bournemouth looked at appointing Scott Parker as Eddie Howe’s replacement last summer, but there seems little hope of persuading the 40-year-old to leave his job with Premier League club Fulham.
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