Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry Set To Become New Bournemouth Manager

The Gunners legend is set to return to English soccer to become the new manager of Bournemouth
Samuel Farley
Wed, February 17, 11:49 AM EST

Thierry Henry's first stint at Arsenal is one of the most iconic periods in Premier League history. The French striker changed the way that forwards played and become one of the most celebrated athletes in the world. Now he looks set to take over as the manager of Championship club Bournemouth.

Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship in 2020, which saw long term manger Eddie Howe depart. He was replaced by Jason Tindall who had been Howe's assistant previously. After winning just one game in eight, Tindall was fired in February of this year.

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It now looks likely that the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will be taking that job, having become the 1/3 (-300) favorite, which implies a 75% liklihood that it happens.

Henry is currently the manager of CF Montreal, formerly known as the Montreal Impact. It now looks very likely that Henry will be switching the Eastern Conference of the MLS for the Championship with the former World Cup winner odds-on to take the role, amid the Daily Mirror claiming that the deal is done.

Former Huddersfield manager David Wagner is second favorite at +500, with current caretaker Jonathan Woodgate a +1000 outsider to keep the job.

Thierry Henry's managerial career hasn't quite hit the heights of his playing career. He spent some time as the assistant manager of Belgium's national team before taking the managers job at his first club Monaco, where he left the job after only 20 games. In that spell his team had won only 4 matches, tied 5 and lost 11, scoring just 15 goals in the process.

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He moved to Canada to take over Montreal in November 2019, where he has performed better, winning 9 of 29, drawing 4 and losing 16. That has seen his win percentage increase from 20% to 31%. 

Despite that improvement it's a big gamble for a manager who is living off the repuation from his playing days, rather than any credible managerial record.

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