Bournemouth are keen to speak to legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry regarding their vacant managerial role, according to Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam.
The Cherries parted company with Jason Tindall over two weeks ago but have been patient in their approach to hiring his replacement.
Henry joins a shortlist of high-profile names who could soon be in the dugout at the Vitality Stadium.
Thierry Henry Among Candidates for Bournemouth Job
Thierry Henry is someone the Bournemouth board would like to speak to as they step up their search for a new manager.
Their two week search to find a replacement for Jason Tindall looks to be taking a dramatic late twist.
— Mark McAdam (@markmcadamtv) February 17, 2021
Henry’s Coaching Career
This could be a risky appointment for Bournemouth based on Henry’s current record as a manager.
Despite a fairly successful stint as Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team, the striker’s record as a solo act when it comes to management currently leaves a lot to be desired.
In his three months in charge of Monaco following the departure of Leonardo Jardim, he won just four of his 20 matches in charge. A further five were draws and there were also 11 losses, giving his a total win percentage of just 20%.
After ten months out of coaching, he returned by taking the job at MLS side CF Montreal (then Montreal Impact). His record has improved slightly here, with nine wins, four draws and 16 losses from 29 matches, giving a 31.03% win percentage.
For comparison, Tindall managed to win 41.94% of his games in charge – 13 wins, ten draws and eight losses from 31 matches.
While bringing someone in with such a huge stature in the game would be great for the club, and the EFL too, from a management perspective, it very much seems a sideways step.
Although he has stated that he doesn’t want the job, Bournemouth caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate should not be ruled out given the Cherries’ results since he took over on a permanent basis.
In his first game, Bournemouth went to Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup and came away with a 2-0 win, while a 3-2 success against Birmingham City and a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest (both in the league) means Woodgate is unbeaten so far.
Former Huddersfield Town and Schalke boss David Wagner has also expressed an interested in the job. The Geman successfully guided Huddersfield to the Premier League in 2017 and kept them up in their first season before being sacked midway through their second top-flight campaign.
Another Arsenal legend in Patrick Vieira was also interviewed for the job, while John Cross reported that Oxford United boss Karl Robinson was on the shortlist.