Thierry Henry misses out on management job over 'crazy' wage demands

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 31: Thierry Henry assistant manager of Belgium looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Belgium and Gibraltar at Stade Maurice Dufrasne on August 31, 2017 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Thierry Henry’s appointment as manager of Ligue 1 club Bordeaux has broken down, after the owners reportedly baulked at his wage demands.

Less than a week ago, it seemed almost an inevitability that Henry would be taking over from Gus Poyet at Bordeaux. French outlet RMC, who usually have a pretty good record on stories like these, reported that he’d already reached an agreement to take over.

Now it seems it’s all fallen apart. French football writer Jeremy Smith says it’s now ‘confirmed’ that Henry won’t be taking the job, as his salary and transfer fund demands were simply too high. The former Gunner reportedly wanted €200k-a-month, which the Bordeaux owners weren’t keen to give to a first-time manager.

Henry is therefore still looking for his first job in club management, having worked as an assistant for the Belgium National Team so far in his post-playing career.

For a while Henry combined that with a TV role on Sky Sports, but he announced earlier this summer that he was giving that up to focus on his “long term ambition to become a football manager”.

At the start of August, Henry insisted he hadn’t held any discussions with any club or national association, stating his intentions to be “patient”. He may have to be patient a while longer, from the looks of things.