Aston Villa sacked their manager Steve Bruce and they are still in the process of finding his successor.

Arsenal legend and Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry is the favourite candidate for the vacant position at Villa Park and HLN claimed the Frenchman can manage the Championship side, if he wants the job.

The English club’s chances of signing the former Gunners forward suffered blow after reports in France on Tuesday suggested the 41-year-old has emerged as one of the contenders for the AS Monaco job, if Leonardo Jardim is shown the exit door at Stade Louis II.

Robert Pires, who was Henry’s teammate at the north London club and France during their playing career, gave an interview to beIN Sports and urged his compatriot to turn down the opportunity to manage the Ligue 1 side and take charge of the second tier club in England.

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“And it’s funny, I recently met Nassef Sawiris [Villa chairman] at the Emirates during the Arsenal-Watford match and he told me about Thierry again, because he is convinced that he would be the right person to raise his club (…),” Pires was quoted as saying by RMC Sport.

“There is a great challenge there for Titi [Henry]: to become the manager who brings them back to the Premier League … There is a great story to write.”

Belgium are in the middle of preparation for the two fixtures during October’s international break and they would hope the saga surrounding Henry’s future could be resolved soon.