The new shareholders at Villa Park, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, have expressed doubts that current boss Bruce is the right man to take them back to the Premier League - and are said to have approached Henry over replacing him in the last few days.
Henry - currently the assistant manager to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national team - has set his sights on a full-time managerial position since the end of the World Cup and has decided to leave his punditry duties with Sky in a bid to pursue a new job.
Arsenal legend Henry was lauded as one of the key factors for Belgium's World Cup success as they achieved their best result in history, beating England in the third placed playoff round.
Steven Gerrard - Rangers— Chief | Championship Manager (@CM_Hints) July 24, 2018
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Despite sources claiming that Henry has "verbally agreed" to be Villa's new boss, there are still a few steps to go before the deal is done - sacking Bruce being one of them - while matters such as deciding the transfer budget will also be important.
The two new shareholders have their gazes set on returning Villa to Premier League glory, giving the fans good reason to dream big as they said in a recent statement:
Steve Bruce hit the drink on Holiday, when he was told that Thierry Henry has verbally agreed to take over as Aston Villa Manager https://t.co/OTfiCJBzVp— The Football Bible (@FootbaIlBibIe) July 24, 2018