Thierry Henry could turn down the chance to take his first step into football management after failing to reach an agreement with Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux, according to reports in France.
Henry, 41, had been expected to take over the reins from Gus Poyet a week after the Uruguayan was suspended by the club after his extraordinary criticism of the club’s transfer market conduct particularly the sale of the striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier.
But RMC in France believe Henry and the club’s future owners American investment fund GACP have reached an impasse as they are not currently willing to offer Henry the €2m a year salary that he is holding out for, nor match the number of new signings that the Frenchman is demanding before the window shuts next week.
The ex-French international, currently an assistant coach in the Belgium national team set-up, showed keen interest in the role as he sought to cut his teeth in management. Henry walked out on his lucrative Sky Sports punditry duty in July to concentrate fully on his coaching career.
Talks are still said to be ongoing but GACP have recently opened discussions with Claudio Ranieri, with Antonio Conte’s brother also being approached to enquire about the former Chelsea manager’s availability.